By Aabigayle McIntosh
A week-long series of events aimed at raising awareness about the safe use of chemicals commenced on Monday.
Organized by the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Controls Board, this special week, which runs until October 20, carries the theme of “The Safe Use and Management of Chemicals Is Our Collective Responsibility.”
Dr. Linroy Christian, the Head of the Board, stated that the objective of this week’s activities is to educate the public about safe chemical usage, highlight relevant legislative measures, promote the Board’s role, and underscore the importance of safeguarding human health and the environment from the perils linked to mishandling chemicals.
One notable event during the week is a stakeholder consultation scheduled for today, October 18, focusing on “The Role of Stakeholders in the Implementation and Enforcement of Chemical Legislation.” This consultation will take place at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute.
On Thursday, members of the Board will visit various schools to engage with students on the topic of “How Can the Youth Get Involved?”
In an address marking the week’s activities, Agriculture Minister E.P. Chet Greene stressed the manifold benefits of chemicals in enhancing food production and their extensive applications in the healthcare sector.
He emphasized the importance of responsible chemical management for society and the environment. Greene highlighted the government’s commitment to strengthening regulatory measures through recent legislative amendments and the establishment of the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Inspectorate, aiming to enhance accountability and traceability of chemical products to minimize their impact on society.”