25 No. 4
July - August 2003
in Chemical Production
M. D. Booth
20 November 2002 a workshop entitled Safety
and Toxicology was held at the premises of the
SINOPEC Corporation in Beijing, China. The workshop, the fifth
in a series organized by the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry
and Industry (COCI), was cosponsored by UNESCO and SINOPEC.
workshop was chaired by Qi Zhai, the head of SINOPEC’s
Safety and Environment Bureau. Present were Yang Youming,
deputy director of Work Safety Supervision, State Administration
of Work Safety; and Axel Hebel, the UNESCO representative
in Beijing. SINOPEC arranged for the workshop to coincide
with a meeting of their safety and environment managers, which
swelled the audience to over 150 delegates. Several members
of the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China
were in attendance.
Wright provided a brief introductory talk on IUPAC and COCI,
concentrating on activities pertinent to industry. He was
followed by Mike Booth who summarized the history of the safety
workshops and provided an outline of the plan of implementation
arising from the World Summit on Sustainable Development that
had taken place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August.
Booth emphasized Section 22, which covers the management of
chemicals throughout their life cycle. The full text of the
plan of implementation can be found at <www.icca-at-wssd.org/Plan.pdf>.
Hebel, program specialist for Science, Technology, and Environment
of UNESCO in Beijing, provided a historical perspective on
UNESCO’s efforts to assist developing countries and
countries in transition with chemical safety programs. Hebel
explained that UNESCO helps build up national and regional
research and training capacities in the field of chemical
safety through cooperation with competent international and
regional networks and centers and national specialized scientific
bodies and institutions. He intimated that the gap between
developing countries and developed countries in the areas
of safety education research and the implementation of safety
measures has been widening. Therefore, he said, it has become
vitally important to promote the communication and dissemination
of state-of-the-art knowledge about safety and environmental
protection in chemical production. Hebel also mentioned the
Safety Training Programme—jointly developed by IUPAC,
UNESCO, and the U.N. Industrial Development Organization—that
promotes safety and environmental protection in chemical,
pharmaceutical, and biotechnological research and production.
Harper, who spent 11 years as a U.K. Government Chemical Inspector
and who authored the National Chemical Guidance, summarized
how the U.K. chemical industries have implemented the SEVESCO
II directive. He later discussed the classification and labeling
of hazardous substances, with references to both U.K. and
UN guidelines, and then outlined "emergency plans and
Castledine, director of Environment, Health, & Safety
at Dow Chemical Pacific Limited (based in Hong Kong), talked
about Dow’s worldwide efforts on safety/environment/toxicology
control and made particular reference to Dow’s Asian
plants and to the important role of Responsible Care, which
makes every employee from the CEO down "responsible."
C. Y. Heo, technical and safety manager, Asia Pacific Region,
Nitriles, BP Chemicals (based in Seoul), outlined what BP
does to improve awareness among customers and service providers
about the safe handling of toxic materials such as acrylonitrile.
He summarized BP’s emergency response system and practices
and emphasized the company’s "Product Stewardship"
workshop was organized by Jinliang Qiao, COCI representative
from China and Mike Booth, COCI representative from South
Booth <[email protected]>
is director of the Information Resources department of the
Chemical and Allied Industries Association, in Auckland Park,
South Africa, and is a member of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry
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