Dow helps China with safety goalsNovember 2008
An agreement to collaborate on promoting safety and emergency precautions in China’s chemical industry has been reached by the Beijing government, the United Nations Environment Programme and the Dow Chemical Investment Company.
The aim is to support the development of safer chemical production and safety management systems in pilot industries, and to assist the environmental protection ministry and relevant organizations in improving local awareness and preparedness for environmental emergencies.
The project, which will run for two years and is in line with the UN Bali plan on technology support and capacity building, is expected to include the development of training material and the organization of training systems.
Lijun Zhang, the environmental protection deputy minister, said: ‘We face formidable but reachable goals in China concerning safety and emergency response. The chemical industry plays a very important role in our nation’s development, and this programme will draw us closer to where we need to be – in essence, having safer places to work and live.’
Neil Hawkins, Dow’s sustainability vice-president, said: ‘In 2005 Dow sponsored the three-year national pilot project with China’s state environmental protection administration, which is now the ministry. We also partnered with China’s state administration of work safety to launch a national demonstration project on the safe management of hazardous chemicals, promoting a better understanding and awareness among small and medium-sized enterprises.
‘This project will be another important contribution in setting the standard for sustainability in China.’
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