CHEMICAL AND ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT

The Directorate will be led by director and will perform the following functions under Chemical and Environmental Division: –

The Division will perform the following activities: –
  • Carry out chemical analysis of water and waste water, sediment, soil, hazardous wastes, pesticides, detergents, disinfectants, chemicals and their products;
  • Prepare, implement and review Standard Operating Procedures for chemicals, chemical products and environmental laboratory analysis;
  • Develop, validate and review analytical methods of sampling and chemical analysis of environmental samples including drinking water, surface water, waste water, sediment, soil, hazardous wastes, industrial and consumer chemicals and products;
  • Implement Quality Management System and laboratory accreditation requirements;
  • Develop guidelines and standard procedures for management and disposal of obsolete chemicals and chemical wastes;
  • Participate in Proficiency Testing (PT) Schemes to facilitate accreditation of the laboratory analytical methods;
  • Provide scientific advice and advisory services on matters related to environmental laboratory activities;
  • Conduct applied research on matters related to chemicals and their products, environmental safety, occupational health and safety issues;
  • Interpret and review analytical results and prepare reports of laboratory findings/results for use in the court of law or elsewhere;
  • Carry out Quality Control Monitoring and surveillance in water and waste water treatment facilities, pollution sources, geological sites and chemical substances;
  • Conduct regular and emergency inspection, sampling and chemical laboratory analysis of environmental samples, chemicals and chemical products on matters of national or public interest;
  • Prepare technical specifications for purchase of laboratory instruments, chemicals and reagents, reference standards, reference books and consumables; and
  • Assess the Environmental Laboratory Section risk, analysis and implement mitigation measures accordingly.
The Division will perform the following activities: –
  • Process registration of chemicals, chemical products, chemical dealer and chemical storage facilities;
  • Prepare certificates of registration and provisional clearance of chemical dealers;
  • Prepare certificates or license of registration for chemicals, chemical products, chemical dealer and chemical storage facilities;
  • Prepare, maintain and facilitate publication of a register for chemical producers, importers, exporters, transporters, dealers, waste disposal facilities and all chemicals stating whether registered, provisionally, cleared, restricted or prohibited chemicals;
  •   Coordinate implementation of the Minamata Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, Montreal Protocol and Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management;
  • Coordinate Development and implementation of chemicals policies, research or programmes nationally and internationally;
  • Prepare inspection plans, guidelines and checklist for chemicals, chemical products and chemical laboratories inspection;
  • Coordinate or conduct inspection to chemicals producers, importers, exporters, transporters or dealers in any way;
  • Coordinate or conduct inspection to chemicals, chemical products and chemical laboratories;
  • Coordinate, manage and control the importation, production, transportation, dealing, storage and disposal of chemicals and chemical products;
  • Coordinate Emergence Response Committee (ERC) meetings on chemicals;
  • Conduct public awareness campaigns on the sound management of chemicals and chemical products;
  • Conduct special training and cause to be gazetted chemicals and chemical laboratories inspectors;
  • Propose regulations and areas for review on matters related to chemicals, chemical products and chemical laboratories; and
  • Monitor the compliance with the provisions of the Industrial and Consumer chemicals regulations, 2014. and Chief Government Chemist Laboratory Agency Act No. 10 of 2011.

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