KARACHI - Mishandling and improper disposal of chemicals in Pakistani industries is life-threatening for thousands of people. Industrial growth in Pakistan is negative. Lack of science and technology is a major reason in decline of the industrial growth. Civil society’s silence over the environmental degradation in the country is really a matter of concern. Chemical security in the industries should be a key concern for the government, industrialists, chemical experts and other stakeholders as well.” Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK), expressed these views while speaking at the 3rd webinar on “National Training Course on Chemical Industry Standards” held in the video conferencing room of the L.E.J. National Science Information Center, UoK.

The webinar series was jointly organised by ICCBS-UoK, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-USA), and CRDF Global (USA).

The webinar, conducted on March 7, 11, 12, 17, and 18, was addressed by Dan Roczniak of American Chemistry Council, Dr. Canzer Zanbak of Turkish Chemical Manufacturers Association, Susan Caskey of Sandia National Laboratories, Tahir Qadir of AcuTech Consulting Group and Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary.

Prof. Iqbal Choudhary said that webinar series was all about developing relationship between academia and industries in Pakistan.

He added that ICCBS-UoK was using the latest webinar technology which was interactive, less time consuming and hassle free solution. This technology relaxes the participants who have not to travel long distances, rather stay at their own location, and get benefit to attend the lectures, trainings, seminars by webinar, he added.

He said that the industrial sector owns great significance for economic growth of every country. The inappropriate use of toxic chemicals in the chemical industries causes a large number of silent deaths in Pakistan, he observed.

Farid Ahmed Vawda of Pakistan Chemical and Dyes Merchants Association (PCDMA) appreciated the organisation of such a useful webinar series, and said that Pakistan Chemical and Dyes Merchants Association was a premier organization which promote business of chemicals and dyes and encouraged fair business practices. There is a lack of awareness of how International Chemical Industry Standards promote overall business in any industry, he said.

Ibrahim Yaqoob and Shahida Perveen from local industries told media that health protection of workers could only be possible if our industries pursued international standards.