30 September 1996 00:00 [Source: ACN]
SINGAPORE Minister of Environment Teo Chee Hean announced the introduction of compulsory annual safety audits for industries using hazardous chemicals last week. He was speaking at the first Responsible Care workshop organised by the Singapore Chemical Industries Council (SCIC).
The move follows consultations over 12 months between the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the SCIC. It is intended to minimise the number of incidents involving hazardous chemicals in Singapore.
Four such incidents have been reported in the last year, Teo said. 'These could have been avoided if the companies involved had been conducting audits of their safety management systems,' he said.
The safety audits can be conducted in-house or by accredited audit agencies that have been approved by the MoE, Teo said.
More than 2000 companies in Singapore are involved in handling chemicals classified as hazardous.
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