The State Pollution Control Board Sikkim (SPCB-Sikkim) organized a training programme for Environment, Health and Safety officials of industrial units located in the State on 12th May 2022 at Sidkeong Tulku Conference Hall of Forest Secretariat. The programme started with a welcome address by Dr. Gopal Pradhan, Member Secretary, SPCB-Sikkim. He dwelt on the important role of the EHS officials in ensuring proper functioning of the effluent treatment plants and other aspects of waste management of industries.
Shri. Ranjan Rai, Executive Environmental Engineer steered the technical session. He discussed the environmental laws in detail and its implementation in specific categories of industries. He highlighted the tasks to be undertaken under the supervision of EHS officials for ensuring compliance with standards prescribed under the environmental laws. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining records of effluent treatment plant components for environmental audit purpose and self assessment.
Shri Shamir Gurung of SPCB-Sikkim explained the Hazardous Waste Management Rules 2016, especially the safety aspects of hazardous waste handling and storage of such wastes. He also emphasized the importance of maintenance of records of hazardous wastes and reporting as per schedule of the relevant Rules to the SPCB.
Shri Pravash Chettri of technical wing of SPCB-Sikkim discussed the Extended Producer Responsibility of industries which manufacture PET bottles, plastic containers and sheets for medicine. He explained the provision of the new Rules in this regard.
Chairman SPCB-Sikkim, Dr. Thomas Chandy, while summarizing the training sessions, emphasized the important role of EHS officials in fulfilling various compliances of laws and cautioned everyone against any casual approach in this regard. The program was well attended by EHS representatives from pharmaceutical units, hydel projects, food processing units and distilleries.
An interactive meeting was also held under the Chairmanship of Chairman, SPCB-Sikkim with heads of industrial units located in the State on 11th May 2022 at Conference Hall of Forest Secretariat. This meeting discussed various matters related to environmental conservation and sustainable development as these apply to industries based in the State