Below is the approach CSP takes to develop a chemical services program at a facility. CSP's Manual, Tools for Optimizing Chemical Management, outlines these phases in a step-by-step guide that will help you initiate a chemical services program at your facility. It provides workplans and a chemical management cost analysis spreadsheet tool (see graphic below) that will help you in baselining your company's chemical costs.

The Manual helps your company answer questions like:

  • What do chemical management services include?
  • Should my company consider developing a chemical service program?
  • How can I quantify the benefits of a chemical service program for my company?
  • What baseline information is necessary?
  • How can I develop the environmental and cost justifications for upper management?
  • What services are providers capable of providing?
  • What steps do I take to successfully implement a chemical service program at my company?

For more information on starting a chemical service program, review the Manual Executive Summary on the CSP web site and/or contact CSP to order a complete Manual.

CSP is also capable of assisting a company in developing a chemical services program. For more information about how to get assistance from CSP go to Consulting Services.


Implementation of a successful CMS program requires involvement and input from a cross-functional Team and the support of appropriate upper management personnel. Creating such a Team is essential to developing a CMS program.

  • Establish a program team, define roles and responsibilities
  • Develop goals and objectives
  • Develop a workplan
  • Select a pilot facility
phase 2

Baseline Chemical Use and Purchase Costs
Analyzing your chemical management system and baselining current purchase and management costs are two of the most important parts of the entire process. In this phase, the chemical management processes are mapped, and a comprehensive chemical lifecycle cost baseline is developed.

  • Develop a process map showing the flow of chemicals
  • Assign costs of chemical use
  • Analyze costs

Does a CMS program make sense for your company?

phase 3

Develop Scope of Program
Based on your company's objectives and the analysis of your current chemical management system, your Team should determine the scope of your CMS program and communicate these expectations to management to gain the necessary buy-in.

  • Identify the primary cost drivers
  • Develop the scope of a chemical service program
  • Obtain top management approval to recruit a chemical service provider
phase 4

Engage a CMS Provider
Once you have defined the scope of your CMS program, your team is ready to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) that clearly describes your requirements. Then, your team will go through the process of evaluating and selecting a CMS provider and crafting a contract with the appropriate compensation mechanisms.

  • Develop RFP language
  • Consider compensation and incentives for environmental performance
  • Select a service provider
  • Negotiate a contract

Take a tour of the cost analysis tool! CSP has created a software tool to accompany the Manual that can help you assess the total chemical costs across the chemical lifecycle. Follow the link for an online tour that shows you how the tool works.