[dropcap]K[/dropcap]ARACHI – “The improper use of chemicals directly affect humans and the environment. The inappropriate use of toxic chemicals in the chemical industries causes a large number of silent deaths in Pakistan. Unintentional poisoning kill an estimated 355 000 people globally each year, especially in developing countries.
Realizing the importance of the issue, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) is organizing a “National Training Course on Chemical Industry Standards” on March 7, 11, 12, 17, and 18, 2016.
Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary expressed these views while presiding over a meeting held at H.E.J Research Institute of Chemistry on Wednesday.
He said that two thirds of these deaths reported globally were associated strongly with excessive exposure to, and inappropriate use of, toxic chemicals especially in developing countries.
He said the first webinar of this series would be held on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (sharp) in Video Conferencing room of the L.E.J. National Science Information Center, ICCBS.
“Brief presentations from Pakistan, USA, UAE and Turkey will be followed by Q & A and brainstorming session. The webinar series have been jointly organised by ICCBS-UoK, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-USA), and CRDF Global (USA),” he said and added that certificates would also be distributed to the successful participants at the end of the webinar. He said that the representatives of various industries and public institutions will be attending the event.
“The chemical industry is of strategic importance to the sustainable development of national economies. The ILO estimates that there are up to 20 million people employed in the global chemical, pharmaceutical and rubber and Tyre industries today,” he said.