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Institute for industrial safety opened

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BANGALORE: Working towards developing occupational and environmental health programmes for workers in Indian industries, the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM-India) inaugurated the Institute of Industrial Hygiene, Safety and Health here on Monday.

Inaugurating the institute, at a seminar being held at the Bangalore Institute of Technology, Chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board A.S. Sadashivaiah said that a developing country like India should focus on industrial safety and hygiene at work places.

“Over 27,000 tonnes of hazardous waste and 56,000 tonnes of recyclable waste are being generated here. It is important to handle these wastes effectively in a safe manner. We need to think about this and evolve best practices,” Mr. Sadashivaiah said.

David O'Malley, director of the Occupational Hygiene Training Institute, pointed out that over two million people die on worksites due to lack of stringent norms.

He also released informational CDs and course material on hazardous materials management.

A three-day seminar on the subject commenced after the inaugural ceremony.

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