Over $10 million has been earmarked in the 2012/13 Estimate of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the House of Representatives, to continue work on the National Globally Harmonized System (GHS) project, and commence activities on the Regional GHS project.
The national project, which commenced in September 2009, and for which $3.5 million has been allocated, is aimed at effecting training and capacity building to support implementation of the GHS.
Initially envisaged targets, included: development of four sector implementation plans related to industrial workplaces, agriculture, transport, and consumer products; analysis of: a) existing legal infrastructure for chemical hazard classification and communication, and; b) legal options for GHS implementation towards selection of a possible legal implementation mechanism. Additionally, a public awareness and education campaign for civil society and industry stakeholders was implemented.
It is expected that, for the ensuing year, work will continue on development of the plans, legal analysis and review, and the awareness and education campaign.
The regional project, funded at a cost of $7.2 million, aims to build local and regional capacity to implement the GHS.
It is envisaged that the project, which commenced in April, will facilitate convening of a regional workshop on the global harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals. It is expected to lend support to the organization of the GHS workshop, during the 2012/13 period.
Both projects are being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, with funding from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter