NCEC presented at the ‘Chemical Safety Seminar: Standards and Regulations’ in Mumbai, a workshop jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Institute of Quality, New Delhi; and Sustainability Support Services (Europe) AB, Sweden. The seminar was also supported by India’s National Institute of Disaster Management; the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS); and REACH Support, Nagpur.
The main objective of the workshop was to discuss the developments related to chemical regulations and standards globally, and the effective implementation of similar processes and regulations in India.
Giles Hobson, NCEC’s International Business Manager, gave a presentation on the global requirements for 24-hour emergency response telephone numbers and NCEC’s Carechem 24 service. The best practice information received positive feedback as ‘an effective solution to handle chemical incidents, especially during the storage and transportation of chemicals’.
The workshop proved to be a useful forum for discussion on chemical management best practice. There was a general consensus that an urgent need exists for effective chemical regulations in India and the development of relevant chemical standards to align with the global regulatory challenges.
The workshop highlighted the requirements for a change in mind-set and greater commitment to safety and compliance on the part of companies. This included greater synergies between the chemical industry, the relevant Indian Government ministries, BIS and trade associations. The CII expressed confidence that a convergence between the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, and the Ministry of Environment & Forests, combined with the soon-to-be-released Indian national chemical policy, would be a big step towards achieving their objectives.