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ICTA meets Indian distributors to improve local knowledge of safe chemical handling

ICTA meets Indian distributors to improve local knowledge of safe chemical handling

Indian chemical distributors, manufacturers and logistical service providers assembled in Mumbai on 10 October to discuss how to store and transport chemicals. ICTA and the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) jointly hosted a workshop to support the Indian chemical supply chain to reduce risks.

The meeting was opened by Mr. Goculdas, vice-president of ICC. He explained that this workshop is the first result of the MoU between ICTA and ICC. For the Indian chemical manufacturing industry, Responsible Care is a key driver to work more responsibly. However, chemical safety is just as crucial on the roads and in warehouses as it is in production facilities. Trucks transporting dangerous goods receive increasing attention, because last mile delivery entails a safety challenge. He pointed out the society doesn’t consider all those thousands of occasions things go right – instead, it justly focuses on that one time an accident occurs.

After that, Mr. Stuyt introduced ICTA and its goals, while Mr. Kuppuswamy explained the Indian Nicer Globe initiative. Subsequently four speakers discussed a variety of issues related to safe chemical handling. The presentations included general safety concepts (e.g. bow-tie and swiss cheese models), specific regulations (e.g. GHS, TDG), case studies (incl. video’s) and practical advice to be used in daily operations. Afterwards a discussion erupted, for instance on providing antidotes and personal protective equipment. The presentations can be found below:
- Risk management in warehousing and transport, by Mr. Van Lanschot (ICTA), see here
- Safe handling and transportation of dangerous goods, by Mr. Panicker (DGM), see here
- Safety in supply chain management, by Mr. Chouhan (Aegis), see here
- Chemical safety in the workplace, by Ms. Almenar (Azelis), see here

Participants valued the workshop, stating that it was “very informative” to have a platform for discussing safety as practiced in India and at a global level. It was noted that reviewing real life examples of accidents helped sharpen risk assessment processes.

ICTA would like to thank Maria Almenar for her efforts to make the event into a success. Sponsors Brenntag, DGM and Goodrich are also thanked for their contributions. In the future ICTA plans to organize further workshops and events in India. If you would like to suggest topics or to get involved, please contact use here.

ICTA signs formal cooperation with Chinese chemical association CPCIF

ICTA signs formal cooperation with Chinese chemical association CPCIF


ICTA is happy and proud to announce that it has established a formal cooperation with the Chinese chemical industry association, CPCIF.
The memorandum of understanding confirming this cooperation was signed last week during the China’s leading chemical event CPCIC in Hangzhou. This marks an important next step for ICTA as a global association. The goal is to raise the level of the Chinese chemical distribution industry, in particular regarding RC/RD, safety, health and environment. At the same time, ICTA also aims to provide its members with a chemical network in China. 

During the conference, Robert Stuyt was also invited to participate in the CEO roundtable to provide the perspective of the distribution industry. He was joined by the Asia-Pacific directors of ExxonMobil, Huntsman, DOW and others. Robert Stuyt also gave a presentation about ICTA and safe chemical distribution to several hundred Chinese delegates.
ICTA will start to organize joint events with the CPCIF shortly. Several members have already expressed their interest in participating. If you also wish to be involved, please contact the secretariat (here).

ICTA explains its goals at Indian chemical conference

ICTA explains its goals at Indian chemical conference

Last year ICTA signed an memorandum of understanding with the Indian Chemical Council. Both organizations agreed to work together to support the Indian chemical distribution market and drive improvements in health, safety, security and environment along the supply chain.

The first result of the agreement was that Mr. Robert Stuyt gave a presentation at the India Chemical Industry Outlook Conference in Mumbai. At the conference there were hundreds of participants from international  
(Arkema, BASF, Covestro, etc.) and national (NITI Aayog, Reliance, TATA, etc.) companies, as well as consultants (McKinsey, Accenture) and government officials (India, UK).

During his talk Mr. Stuyt introduced ICTA and emphasized the importance of the chemical distribution industry to the mostly chemical manufacturing companies that were present. He explained specifically what the added value of chemical distributors can be in upcoming markets such as India. The relevance of RC/RD to the Indian market and the concept of supply chain responsibility were other key topics.

ICTA and ICC will jointly determine the next steps to further shape this cooperation. It is the goal of ICTA to provide an opening for its members to the fast-growing Indian chemicals market as well as its manufacturing capabilities. At the same time ICTA hopes to help the Indian chemical distribution market to deal with challenges relating to safe working conditions and environmental pollution more effectively.

     
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