The ICP Chemical Safety Program: Moving from Theory to Practice

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In celebration of the Chemistry Week, the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines conducted a two-day training workshop on “Preparation of Chemical Safety Manual” at the Makati Palace Hotel last February 11-12, 2013. This workshop is part of the continuing Chemical Safety campaign of the ICP.

The objective of this workshop was to train the participants to prepare their institution’s chemical safety manual.  The 62 participants, who came from the industry, government and academe, included researchers, analysts, faculty members, safety officers, laboratory technicians and regulatory officers.

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The resource speakers are Ms. Tessie B. Corpuz of TERECOR Environmental Health and Safety Consultancy Services and Dr. Glenn Alea from the Chemistry Department, De La Salle University.

There were four topics presented and discussed during the first day. The first topic was on the Safety Manual: what it is, and what its benefits and elements are. The second topic was on the Philippine Occupational Health and Safety Rules as promulgated by the Department of Labor and Employment.

The third topic discussed the use of Gap Analysis as a preparation for developing the institution’s chemical safety manual. Each participant completed the checklist for the gap analysis based on a review of their own institution’s safety programs.  The fourth topic presented the process of how to prepare and write a safety policy.

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The workshop was conducted during the second day. The participants were grouped into industry, academe and government sectors, and their respective subsectors. Each group was asked to complete their gap analysis and then describe their proposed action plans and programs to fill the gaps. Finally each group was asked to develop a safety policy  and outline of safety manual and present their outputs.

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The ICP plans to follow-up the progress of the participants in its effort to institutionalize chemical safety in the country.

Call for Nominations: Outstanding Chemist of 2013

Every year, the Professional Regulation Commission honors the outstanding professional from each profession during the PRC Week which is held every June. We would like to invite ICP members to nominate individuals for the honor of Outstanding Chemist for 2013.

The criteria for selection include the following:
1.    Professional Competence and Integrity in the exercise of the Chemistry profession
2.    Meaningful participation in professional activities through the professional organization
3.    Significant contributions to the advancement of the Chemistry profession
4.    Evidence of social responsibility through meaningful social activities

The Outstanding Chemist can come from government, industry or academe. The evidence for outstanding performance will depend on the sector where the nominee comes from.

Through the years, we have honored outstanding Chemistry professionals, such as the following:
Dr. Benigno Peczon, Dr. William G. Padolina, Dr. Ester A. Garcia, Dr. Modesto T. Chua, Dr. Fortunato Sevilla III, Dr. Elma C. Llaguno, Ms. Ella Deocadiz, Dr. Aida Aguinaldo, Dr. Alumanda dela Rosa, Dr. Trinidad Trinidad, Dr. Ernesto del Rosario, Gen. Lina Sarmiento, Mr. Fred Reyes, Ms. Teresita Cayton, Dr. Nemesio Montaño.

The PRC announcement and nomination form may be downloaded from the ICP website. The deadline for submission by the nomination committee to PRC is April 2, 2013. However, since the nominees have to be evaluated and endorsed by ICP, the deadline for submission to ICP is March 4, 2013 (Monday).

You may download the nomination form HERE.

Call for Nominations for Member of the Board of Chemistry

The Chemistry profession is regulated by the PRC through the Board of Chemistry. The Board of Chemistry has three (3) members and nominations are being invited for members of the Board.

For the list of complete requirements, click HERE to download the file.

Deadline of submission of entries is on 2 April 2013 (Tuesday).

ICP-Bacolod Technical Seminar and Induction of 2013 Officers

The newly-reorganized ICP-Bacolod Chapter marked its re-inauguration with a Seminar on Chemical Waste Management which was held at Sugarland Hotel, Bacolod City, last December 7, 2012. ICP-Bacolod was formerly known as ICP-Negros.

The guest resource speaker for the seminar was Ms. Edna C. Mijares, Vice President of ICP-National and President and CEO of JEFCOR Laboratories.  The seminar attracted a big audience from industry (sugarmills, distilleries, bottling plants, and others), academe, research institutions, hospitals, clinical labs and government agencies.

The highlight of the event was the induction of the 2013 officers: President: Roselyn C. Usero, Negros Prawn Producers Cooperative Analytical and Diagnostic Laboratory; Vice-president: Dida V. Gatanela, Sugar Regulatory Administration; Secretary: Mildred P. Bermejo, University of Negros Occidental Recoletos; Treasurer: Glenda S. Buendia, SRA; Board of Directors: Melinda M. Montaño, UNO-R; Leilani L. Crucero and Charity Huna B. Fabon, University of St. La Salle; Russell Guacena, Distileria Bago; Grace Tantengco, Aldrzt Corp; Ma. Elisa A. Alvarez, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., Inc.; Arlene C. Matti, SRA-Bacolod; Leo D. Pacalda, First Farmers Milling Corp.; and Mary Jonie O. Villanueva, West Negros University.

The event, which was sponsored by Molave Trading, was the perfect venue for rekindling the ties between ICP-Bacolod and ICP-National. The new set of officers expressed their commitment to give their full support and participation in the plans and programs of ICP-National.

ICP-Bacolod looks forward to more activities next year to boost the morale of not only licensed chemists but associate members as well to make ICP-Bacolod active again, productive and sustainable.
Another challenge for ICP-Bacolod is to produce more chemists in Negros and to revive hope as the organization continues to believe that the Chemistry profession will make a radical recovery back to the level where it once was.