Company Policies

Policies and Certifications

The safety, security, health and environmental aspect for our products and employees is at the forefront of our everyday operations.

Searles Valley Minerals is committed to making innovative products that can be used safely for their intended purposes. In order to fulfill this commitment reliably and responsibly, Searles Valley Minerals adopted the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Responsible Care Product Safety Code of Management Practices. This ACC program provides a comprehensive framework for driving continuous improvement in product safety and stewardship. Searles Valley Minerals affirms its responsibility to understand, manage and communicate the health, safety and environmental impacts of its products. We have adopted product safety and stewardship management practices to systematically evaluate and continuously improve our product safety performance.

 

These management practices are outlined below. Please click on the icons for description and product specific information where applicable.

Certifications

Energy Surcharge

Responsible Care Management System

Safety, Security, Health and Environmental Policy

ISO 9001

National Sanitation Foundation International

Kosher

OMRI

Responsible Care Management System

The Responsible Care Management System (RCMS®) is the chemical industry’s world-class Safety, Security, Health and Environmental performance improvement initiative. For more than 20 years, the Responsible Care program has been a core attribute of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Responsible Care companies are industry performance leaders, bound together by a commitment to address challenges and continuously improve performance of the chemical industry as a whole.

Responsible Care is a commitment to:

Improve SSHE performance for facility processes and for our products throughout their life cycles.
Use resources efficiently.
Engage with stakeholders.
Report on progress, openly and transparently.
Effectively manage chemical products to continue to innovate and contribute to economic growth.

The Responsible Care ethic helps us to operate safely, profitably and with due care for future generations, and is guided by a set of principles and codes of practice. Its ethics and Guiding Principles encourage us to lead the way for safer and more environmentally friendly processes. Through the sharing of information and a rigorous system of procedures, checklists, performance indicators and third-party verification, RCMS drives us to set goals that enable us to demonstrate how our SSHE performance improves over the years.

Safety, Security, Health and Environmental Policy

It is the policy of Searles Valley Minerals (SVM) to carry out its business activities in a manner consistent with sound Safety, Security, Health and Environmental (SSHE) management practices. We are committed to complying with applicable Safety, Security, Health and Environmental laws, regulations, internal and external standards, and to openly communicate with our stakeholders about our SSHE performance. Our goal is to enable employees to work without injury, to be good neighbors, to be a responsible supplier of products and to improve our environmental and safety performance.

Our key priorities are to:


Operate our facilities and conduct business in such a way as to protect the safety, security and health of our employees, contractors and the community.

Minimize the environmental impact of our operations and business practices.

Work to improve energy efficiency and conservation in existing operations and in new equipment and processes.

Employees and others acting on Searles Valley Minerals’ behalf are responsible for knowing and complying with applicable SSHE laws and regulations as well as with Searles Valley Minerals’ SSHE-related policies, procedures and guidelines. Managers and Supervisors are responsible for providing adequate training, information and supervision so employees are competent in performing their jobs.

ISO 9001

All items with the exception of BIOCARB® and Sodium Chloride.

 

ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. “ISO certified” means that an organization has developed, maintains and continuously improves its business processes. This is accomplished by measuring and comparing business performance to appropriate quality standards.

 

Searles Valley Minerals is committed to manufacturing and delivering products and services which will satisfy or exceed our customer’s expectations. We believe that our focus on continual improvement and the total quality process will provide the highest value to our customers, employees, investors, suppliers and the community.

We will strive to improve the effectiveness of the processes described in our Quality Management System under ISO 9001 and to assure that the objectives are communicated and understood throughout the company.

National Sanitation Foundation International

Soda Ash Only

 

Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products and environment.

 

NSF has been dedicated to protecting and improving global human health since 1944. As a global, independent organization, their standards team facilitates development of public health standards, and their service teams test, audit and certify products and services. The NSF mark assures consumers, retailers and regulators that certified products have been rigorously tested to comply with all standard requirements. 

Kosher

Soda Ash and Sodium Sulfate Only

 

The word kosher means proper or acceptable and it has informally entered the English language with that meaning. But kosher laws have their origin in the Bible, and are detailed in the Talmud and the other codes of Jewish traditions. They have been applied through the centuries to ever-changing situations, and these rulings, both ancient and modern, govern OU kosher certification.

Kosher Certification is the stamp of kosher approval by a rabbinic Agency verifying they have checked the products ingredients, production facility and actual production to ensure all ingredients, derivatives, tools and machinery have no trace of non-kosher substances. The Kosher Certified symbol assures consumers that both the actual product and its production adhere to all Kosher Law requirements.

OMRI

Sulfate of Potash Only

OMRI supports organic integrity by developing clear information and guidance about materials, so that producers know which products are appropriate for organic operations.

OMRI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides an independent review of products, such as fertilizers, pest controls, livestock health care products, and numerous other inputs that are intended for use in certified organic production and processing. When companies apply, OMRI reviews their products against the organic standards. Acceptable products are OMRI Listed® and appear on the OMRI Products Lists©.