Chemical safety

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Chemical safety is achieved by undertaking all activities involving chemicals in such a way as to ensure safety of health and environment. Chemicals or group of chemicals of major public health concern include arsenic, asbestos, benzene, cadmium, dioxin and dioxin-like substances, inadequate or excess fluoride, lead, mercury and highly hazardous pesticides. It covers all chemicals, natural and manufactured, and full range of exposure situations from natural presence of chemicals in environment to their extraction or synthesis, industrial production, transportation and disposal.

The Draft National Chemicals Policy (2012) of Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals (DCPC), Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India, envisages the setting up of a Chemical Standard Development Organisation (CSDO) under the aegis of the DCPC, with strong participation of the industry, R&D centres, and academia to drive consensus regarding national requirements, including safety norms. The CSDO will also be responsible for: performing functions relating to the Disaster Management in the chemical sector; and setting up an “Institute of Chemical Safety” and conducting training courses in this area