Strict regulation needed to avoid chemical accidents

There is need for strong regulatory norms for prevention and management of chemical accidents, said U D Choubey, director general, SCOPE.

GN Bureau | January 29, 2014



Addressing a two day conference on environment and safety – prevention & management of chemical accidents” in collaboration with ministry of environment & forests in Delhi on Wednesday, Choubey said in the present era of rapid growth of oil-chemical, and other processed industries, the manmade chemical hazards have increased manifold. Hence prevention of such hazards has assumed paramount importance. He also emphasized the need for convergence of various policies and programmes to mitigate the impact of chemicals.

He said PSEs have accorded high priority to environment, safety and health.  Issues related to occupational health, safety and environment protection and their remedial measures are discussed in the board meetings of PSEs. Chemical industry is one of the oldest industries in India which accounts for 17.6% of the manufacturing sector output; 13-14% in exports; 8-9% in imports and contributes 3% of the GDP, he added.   

Muzaffar Ahmad, member of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Susheel Kumar, additional secretary at the ministry of environment & forests and B B Chakraborty, chairman, Central Pollution Control Board also addressed the inaugural session. A large number of senior and middle level executives from CPSEs attended the programme.

Ahmad in his inaugural address said after paradigm shift from relief to prevention of chemical accidents, role of government, local community, hazardous units, NGOs and chemical industrial associations have become crucial.  He said the sustainability of chemical disaster management can lost long successfully and effectively if all these stakeholders come forward and work towards safety measures.

Susheel Kumar in his address mentioned various steps taken by the ministry with regard to management of chemical accidents.  He also emphasized the need to have programmes with top management of PSEs to understand changes needed in the system.

 

Comments

 

Other News

Dying cultural expressions

Every year since 2000, February 21 is observed as International Mother Language Day by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). It is to celebrate linguistic and cultural diversity, and multilingualism.

Need for state laws for compulsory registration of marriages

Indian women marrying NRIs, glamorous though it sounds, has recently become a cause of serious concern. The reason for this is the alarmingly high rates of desertion of women marrying NRIs, said a blog posted on the Niti Aayog website.    The blog ‘NRI: Non Reliabl

The rot at the top

CBI is supposed to be the last resort to catch the corrupt after all other options have not yielded the desired result. But, who will now tackle corruption now that two of the former top officials of the premier investigating agency are themselves facing charges.   India is s

Demonetisation is short-term challenges for long-term gains: Usha Ananthasubramanian

Post demonetisation, what are the challenges faced by banks? Post demonetisation, the major challenges are retention of CASA [current account, savings account] deposits, deployment of these funds, impact of spurt/decline in low-cost deposits on MCLR [marginal cost of fund

Universal Basic Income: The way forward

9.44 The irresistible force of even as powerful an idea as UBI will run into the immovable object of a resistant, pesky reality. So, what is the way forward, always remembering that the yardstick for assessment is not whether UBI can be perfect or faultless but only whether it can impr

Should action be taken against hospitals which have hiked the heart surgery cost?

Should action be taken against hospitals which have hiked the heart surgery cost?

Video

चुनावी माहौल में वाराणसी के अस्सी घाट से एक रिपोर्ट
Digital Transformation Summit

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter