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Industries using hazardous chemicals have high risk of accidental release

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By Our Special Correspondent

LAHORE: The industries, using the highly hazardous chemicals in their production process, have a high risk of accidental release, if they are not properly controlled by a well-designed safety management program.
This was observed by the speakers at a seminar organised by the Pakistan Chemical Manufacturers Association (PCMA) on “Profitability through Industrial Safety Management”.
The speakers included Iqbal Kidwai, Secretary General PCMA, Muhammad Dawood, a renowned Chartered Safety Practitioner and a number of the safety experts from pioneer chemical industries of Pakistan.
Iqbal Kidwai, in his address, said that Industrial Safety Management is the back-bone of a chemical industry. Any untoward incident may occur anytime in a chemical industry that uses highly hazardous chemicals bearing toxic, reactive, flammable or even explosive properties, he said adding that PCMA, therefore, is programmed to hold a series of training workshops and seminars on safety management of the chemical units.
Muhammad Dawood, speaking as the key expert apprised the participants about the best practices to be implemented by the developed world to ensure safety of the human and the material resources of the chemical industries. He said, the safety of a chemical industry should not simply be limited to its premises, but should also move along with movement of its products from production house to the market. He gave useful suggestions and guidance for developing a useful safety management programme-based on actionable methods and process.
Based upon these suggestions, the participants were able to carry out a gap analysis of their existing systems and develop a sustainable safety management programme.
Representatives from various chemical industries of Pakistan including Nimir Chemicals, Alpha Chemicals, Super Asia Agro, Berger Paints, Ghani gases Pvt Ltd, DIC Pakistan Ltd, Dynea Pakistan, Ittehad Chemicals Ltd and others, who attended the workshop were highly satisfied with the programme.
A good number of professionals related to the fields of operation management, plant supervision, production process, safety and mechanical compliance audit also attended the seminar.
It is notable that the key speaker Mr. Muhammad Dawood is a Chartered Safety Practitioner and holds a Master’s degree in Process Safety and Loss Prevention from UK.

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