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Chemical Management Division

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Introduction

Chemical Management Division plays an important role in handling chemical management issues that are widely expanding. These issues include chemical health risk assessment, determination of exposure standard, chemical classification, hazard communication and, international conventions on the management, safety and health related to chemical substances. This includes promotion of chemical management to government agencies, industries and relevant bodies. Involvement in this matter is not limited to the internal activities in this country.

Malaysia is in the process of implementing the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) which is consistent with the statement from the Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) quoted in the APEC Conference in October 2002:

......”encouraged APEC members to work towards implementing the GHS on hazard classification and labelling of chemicals and safety data sheets by 2006, including through capacity building”.

MITI’s statement has opened a new chapter in the management of chemicals and hazard communication in Malaysia. The Chemical Management Division has become the focal point for the implementation of GHS in the workplace. The Department is responsible for carrying out activities for the implementation of this system for the period of 2005 to 2011.

The Department has been appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the agencies in the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC CAL) to meet the requirements of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as well as to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention Act 2005, which is regulated by the Foreign Ministry. The Department is also responsible for dealing with issues related to security and management of chemicals, including chemicals conventions.
 

Objective

"To create and practice good chemical management and safety system to prevent accidents and occupational disease at workplaces."

TOXICOLOGY AND CHEMICAL RISK ASSESSMENT SECTION

  • To become expert in the aspect of inventories, classification and hazard communication for hazardous chemicals for the reference of officers, industries and government agencies.
  • To become a focal point for the implementation of Globally Harmonized System of Hazard Classification & Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for industrial chemicals.
  • To review and verify the classification of chemicals based on GHS and according to Occupational Safety and Health Regulations.
  • To develop local expert in the aspect of inventory, classification and hazard communication of chemicals.
  • To collect, prepare, document and disseminate information regarding the danger and risks of chemicals as well as how it is managed safely and would not be detrimental to health.
  • To develop and provide promotional materials regarding inventory, classification and hazard communication of chemicals to all occupational sectors.
  • To prepare modules on inventory, classification and hazard communication of chemicals for the purpose of training for officers, industries and government agencies.
  • To process and maintain chemicals inventory sent by suppliers using Chemicals Information Management System (CIMS) as required by the CLASS Regulations.
  • To coordinate CLASS Regulations enforcement activities in the aspect of inventory, classification and hazard communication of chemicals.
  • To give input on inventory, classification and hazard communication of chemicals for the purpose of planning and determining the policy for the Department and country.
  •  To become expert in the aspect of chemical health risk assessment (CHRA) for the reference of officers, industries and government agencies.
  • To develop expert in the aspect of CHRA.
  • To review and analyse the standard of exposure to chemicals hazardous to health.
  • To prepare modules on CHRA for the purpose of training for officers, industries and government agencies.
  • To give input on CHRA for the purpose of planning and determining the policy for the Department and country.
  • To process applications to recognise alternative method to carry out CHRA.
  • To develop risk assessment methods according to control banding principles for application by the small and medium enterprises.
  • To develop, monitor and maintain the method of carrying out CHRA and SIRAC online.
  • To develop, put into application and improve CHRA method qualitative and quantitatively.
  • To process and approve application of carrying out Generic CHRA.
  • To monitor approval of generic and alternative method of carrying out CHRA.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CONVENTION AND NATIONAL CHEMICAL COORDINATION SECTION

  • To become expert in the aspect of chemical exposure control, indoor air quality (IAQ) and instrument application for the reference of officers, industries and government agencies.
  • To carry out analysis on control of chemical exposure and IAQ at workplaces.
  • To find and introduce simpler method of engineering control to be practiced in the small and medium industries.
  • To collect, prepare, document and disseminate information on engineering control and IAQ to be practiced in workplaces.
  • To develop experts in chemical exposure control, IAQ and instrumentation.
  • To give technical inputs in the aspect of chemical exposure control, IAQ and instrumentation to the Department, industries and government agencies.
  • To develop modules on chemical exposure control, IAQ and instrumentation for training purposes to officers, industries and government agencies.
  • To do maintenance on IAQ and airborne chemical contaminant monitoring equipments.
  • To identify equipments that can be used to measure the amount of chemical contaminants in the air as well as indoor air quality.
  • To assist state office’s investigation on cases related to chemical exposure and IAQ.
  • To recognise the companies having the expertise in asbestos removal in Malaysia.
  • To carry out responsibility as one the member of National Authority for Chemical Weapon Convention (CWC).
  • To establish a network and cooperation with local and foreign government and non-governmental agencies such as ILO, UNEP, UNITAR, Department of Chemistry, NIOSH, local universities and many more. 
  • To give input on chemical safety and international conventions such as Stockholm, Rotterdam and CWC that should be taken into consideration when creating policies for the Department and country.
  • To prepare modules on CWC and other related international conventions for training purposes to officers, industries and government agencies.
  • To carry out duty as National Inspector to enforce Chemical Weapon Convention Act 2005 and all the related regulations.
  • To carry out inspection under the CWC Act, including escorting the International Chemical Weapon Inspector when they carry out the inspection.
  • To act as Advance Team and Escort Team when receiving international chemical weapon inspection from OPCW.
  • To give advices to government agencies on chemical related issues rose during international conventions.
  • To develop local experts in international chemical convention.
  • To give advices relating to chemicals to government agencies in the formulation of codes of practice and Malaysian Standards.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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