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Safety Training Program

Idea by Mark Cesa   |   added on Nov 30, 2009 07:00PM Collaboration Collaboration
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The chemical industry in the developed world is increasing its emphasis on corporate responsibility and accountability. Education of line management in industrial safety has become a priority and hazard and operability studies (HAZOPS) are a regular part of risk reduction efforts in chemical production.

While industries in developed countries are introducing sophisticated safety measures covering operational, health, and environmental issues in close coordination with governments and the public, the gap between developed and developing countries in safety education, research, and implementation of technical measures is large. Increases in chemical production and consumption in the developing world make it essential to disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge about safety and environmental protection in chemical production.

IUPAC and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) have jointly developed a training program for safety and environmental protection in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological research and production. The Safety Training Program allows experts from developing countries to learn about safety and environmental protection measures by visiting and working in plants of IUPAC Company Associates in the developed world.

Overall, the Safety Training Program accomplishes the following:
• Reinforces the concept of corporate responsibility and accountability in the industrially developing world.
• Narrows the gaps between developed and developing countries in safety education, research, and implementation of technical measures.
• Promotes interactions to disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge on safety and environmental protection in chemical production.
• Allows experts from developing countries to learn about safety and environmental protection measures by visiting and working in plants in the industrialized world.

So far, fellows from Argentina, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey, and Uruguay have received training at IUPAC Company Associate sites in the USA, Western Europe, and the Pacific Rim. The Safety Training Program is an ongoing activity undertaken and managed by the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry, which is ready to assist host companies with trainee selection and scheduling and planning of site visits.

Learn more about the STP


Topic: industrial safety, hazard and operability studies (hazops), risk reduction Audience: industrial chemists, post graduate students
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