Why is BLCH needed?

Terminals storing and handling products on behalf of their customers assume custodianship but, in most cases, not ownership of the product. As a result the terminal and product owner have both independent and shared responsibilities and liabilities in all matters associated with the storage and handling of the products.

To meet corporate and legal requirements, chemical companies storing products at terminals around the world need to ensure that they all meet generally accepted minimum technical and operational standards, both local and international. Some terminals are located in countries or regions where there are established high standards and strict regulatory requirements and controls that have been established and implemented over decades. Some are located where standards and regulatory requirements and controls are in varying stages of development or implementation.

The term 'best practice' is often used to identify an acceptable standard, but what may be best practice for one set of circumstances could be inappropriate for another. Best 'appropriate' practice may be a better term.

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