The 2009 SEAISI Environmental and Safety Seminar was successfully held at the Meritus Mandarin Hotel in Singapore from November 16-17, 2009. All together 29 papers and country reports were presented over seven sessions covering topics related to environmental, health and safety development for the iron and steel industry in the ASEAN region. There was much discussion during the two full day event. The delegates asked many questions as well as shared their views and knowledge on the various topics presented.
Professor Low Teck Seng, Chairperson of WSH Council (Metalworking and Manufacturing) Committee delivered the opening address which provided a clear picture of the Singapore government's strong leadership and support on environmental and safety issues in the country. The keynote address was delivered by Mr. R.S. Ravi, a senior consultant from DuPont Safety Resources, DuPont Company (Singapore). In his speech, he addressed the failure of safety practices in many companies and gave an example of the successful implementation of safety practices by a world-class company.
Many papers were presented on the details of good environmental control and management practices. Various technologies and development projects from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, Sweden and Austria were introduced. One of highlights of the seminar was the presentation on evaluating the feasibility of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in the iron and steel industry which was delivered by GreenSafe International Pte Ltd, Singapore. For the first time, the Iron and Steel Institute of Thailand (ISIT) presented the result of its benchmarking project on environmental efficiency of Thai steel companies, which was conducted recently this year.
Additionally, the delegates were also enlightened on the good practices on safety and health programmes which were implemented successfully by NatSteel Hodlings, Pte Ltd, China Steel Corporation and BlueScope Steel, Singapore.
After the seminar, delegates took the opportunity to explore two environmentally friendly projects undertaken by the government of Singapore. The first was the NEWater Visitor Centre which highligts how Singapore leverages on advances in technology to reclaim water which is said to be cleaner than the normal drinking water sold in the supermarket. The delegates next visited the Marina Barrage, Singapore's 15th reservoir and the first in the heart of the city. The visit left all the delegates deeply impressed with the green scenery of the urbanized catchment which has an area of 10,000 hectares, or one-sixth the size of the country.
All in all, it was a very successful seminar and the delegates went back with many usefull ideas to make their work place better and safer as well as to reduce their environmental foot print.