THE Chief Government Chemist, Prof Samwel Manyele, has revealed that, starting next January, his office will embark on a crackdown on unregistered chemical transporters to ensure sound management.
Opening five-day training for chemical technicians, Prof Manyele said that only a few transporters have been registered and follow the laid down procedures, which is not healthy as far as chemical accidents are concerned.
“I direct all chemical transporters to make sure that by December 31, they are registered with the Government Chemist Laboratory Agency (GCLA), to avoid unnecessary disturbances,” said Prof Manyele.
He said that a greater number of chemical accidents occur during transportation, though of late; there is a tendency where people use them as weapons.
Giving statistics of people injured in acid attacks, he said that nine people were injured, last year, whereas between January and November, this year, more than 14 people died from chemical accidents.
“Between January and November, there were eleven chemical accidents which despite causing death and destroying property, more than 250 tonnes of chemicals were burnt,” said Prof Manyele.
However, he said, they decided to organize the training to equip technicians with needed skills on chemical management after they realized that few had the knowledge on proper handling and usage of chemicals.
Prof Manyele said they started by training stakeholders in Dar es Salaam and will extend the training to those in upcountry regions.