Environmental Management System

Praxair Safety, Health & Environmental Management System

Continuously measuring improvement

Our Safety, Health and Environment Management System (SHEMS) is audited in several ways to ensure our compliance with regulations and Praxair internal requirements, and to drive continuous improvement.

Environmental Management Systems (EMSs)


Responsible Care® is a program that supports the continuous improvement of chemical management.

Learn more about our Responsible Care Management System (RCMS®) within our Product Stewardship section.

Praxair is signatory to and in compliance with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Responsible Care Guiding Principles and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) Responsible Care Global Charter. Praxair participates actively in Responsible Care programs in all countries where programs exist and where Praxair has significant business interests.

Environmental Management System (EMS): Praxair's global EMS conforms to the Responsible Care Management System® (RCMS®) and is aligned with ISO 14001:2004, the international standard for EMSs. As an RCMS company, Praxair strives to continually improve its health, safety and environmental performance; listen and respond to public concerns; work with customers, carriers, suppliers, distributors and contractors to foster the safe and secure use, transport and disposal of chemicals; achieve optimum environmental performance; and report goals and progress to the public. Praxair's third-party-certified RCMS ensures that appropriate actions are taken to improve, track and publicly report performance and to include a security code that helps protect people, property, products, processes, information and information systems by enhancing security throughout the businesses.

External EMS Audits: Praxair is third-party certified as conforming to the RCMS, as required by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) of its member companies. Praxair’s global external RCMS certification is provided below. The scope of the audit includes sites that “manufacture and distribute industrial gases per the RCMS Technical Specification (TC) RC 101.03.” Praxair’s SHEMS incorporates TC RC 101.03 into its Worldwide Safety Health and Environmental Manual for all facilities worldwide.

Several Praxair businesses and sites are certified to other international EMS, safety and quality certifications or their national equivalents, and place their certificates on their websites. For example:

Praxair’s Responsible Care Management System External Certification applies to Praxair’s Global Safety, Health, Environment and Security management system and runs through 2019.

Responsible Care Management System Standard External Certification 2017-2019 (248 KB)

Internal Assessments

Our internal assessment program requires internal audits of all sites and facilities to be performed on a rolling schedule of once every three, four or five years. See the tables below for an example of the sites in each audit cycle category and the number of audits performed each year.

 3 - Year Cycle

 4 - Year Cycle

 5 - Year Cycle

Pipelines (Flammable)

Praxair Surface Technologies

Bulk Atmospheric Gases

Carbon Dioxide / Dry Ice (Ammonia greater than threshold quantity)

Business / Region (Product Safety)

Carbon Dioxide / Dry Ice (Ammonia less than threshold quantity)

Process / HYCO (Hydrogen / Carbon Monoxide)


Customer Service Centers, Laboratories, Maintenance Centers, and Warehouses / Storefronts / Depots

Facilities covered by product safety risk assessment