Keep Performance of the National Industry, Ministry of Industry Design Rules Related to the Impact of Industrial Chemicals

By : Ridwan And Aldi Firhand. A | Tuesday, December 05 2017 - 22:07 IWST

Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto accompanied by Director General of Chemical Industry Textile and Aneka (IKTA) Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono and Director of Upstream Chemical Industries Muhammad Khayam
Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto accompanied by Director General of Chemical Industry Textile and Aneka (IKTA) Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono and Director of Upstream Chemical Industries Muhammad Khayam - Jakarta, the Ministry of Industry is drafting a regulation concerning the emergency relief from industrial chemicals.

Regulations to be contained in this Regulation of the Minister of Industry (Permenperin) emphasize on the standardization of personnel, equipment, training and certification in companies or industrial estates.

"This effort is in accordance with Act No. 3 of 2014 on Industry in Article 101 paragraph (6), stating that industrial companies must ensure the safety and security of tools, processes, production, storage and transportation," said Airlangga Hartarto at the socialization event of the design of the permenperin in Jakarta, Tuesday (5/12/2017).

According to the Minister of Industry, the enforcement of the Act needs to be followed up with the issuance of a sharper ministerial regulation in its technical implementation in the field.

"Therefore, control and control of chemicals in the country is very necessary to suppress the occurrence of incidents that harm and cause casualties," he said.

Minister of Airlangga hopes that the implementation of regulation will be able to spur the performance of the national industrial sector more productively and globally competitive. "Safety, health and safety are one of the main factors to support the industry's performance," he explained.

Meanwhile, Director General of Chemical and Textile Industries Aneka (IKTA), Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono said that his side has been discussing for almost a year in drafting the regulation. "We are targeting the next year to be implemented," he said.

With this regulation, continued Sigit, the industry will have emergency relief and mitigation systems that can affect the environment and local communities. "The system to be implemented is in line with international rules," he added.

Almost all countries have implemented the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, including the United States, European Union, Australia, Japan, China, Korea and ASEAN countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Indonesia has implemented, but is still sectoral and limited.

Based on data from the International Labor Organization (ILO), the average workplace accidents in the company for the whole world reaches 99 thousand cases per year and 70 percent are fatal, namely death and lifelong disability.

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