OIC states must have training mechanism for chemical handlers, Experts urge

Staff Reporter

COMSTECH and ICCBS inaugurated a 2-day international workshop on “Chemical Safety & Security in Academic and Industrial Laboratories”, on Tuesday at COMSTECH Auditorium in Islamabad.

Addressing the inaugural session, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, chemical scientist, Coordinator General COMSTECH a world renowned institute in the field of chemical and biological sciences, said, chemicals have immense effects on human health and even impact on health of coming generations.

He stressed the need of knowing the kinds of hazards of chemicals we are exposed to in our labs and environment.

Dr. Shahid Baig, Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation, said that many chemicals have short and long term serious effects that can even take our life. He suggested we must have proper chemical handling training for lab workers, students, and chemical handlers.

Mr. Khalid Latif, corporate sector consultant said we use chemical in large quantity in our daily life without following any safety measures.

He informed that health and environment are somewhat neglected areas, academic labs are also lacking in practicing safety measures.

Dr. Abdul Rashid, Director Pharmacy Services, Drug Regulatory Authority suggested that researchers and students should equip themselves with the multidisciplinary knowledge to produce innovative results.

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