Dr. Mylene M. Uy, Chemistry Professor of the College of Science and Mathematics, attended the Symposium on Chemical Security and Safety in the University and the Laboratory last December 15-20, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories with the American Chemical Society, the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Chemical Society of Japan, the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Korean Chemical Society and the Chinese Chemical Society, this symposium was one of the 237 symposia featured during the 2010 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (PACIFICHEM).

Forty-four chemical societies based in pacific basin countries participated in the event.

Uy’s paper on “The Status of Chemical Safety and Security in Universities in Mindanao, Philippines” explored the current chemical safety and security status of seven Mindanao institutions, namely, MSU-Marawi, MSU-IIT, Mindanao University of Science and Technology, Caraga State University, Ateneo de Cagayan, Ateneo de Davao, and Western Mindanao State University.

The paper, well received by the audience composed mostly of chemical practitioners concerned with health and safety, focused on the legislative environment prevailing in the Philippines. Her subject discussed chemical safety and security, the administrative, operational, and engineering controls, and chemical security measures employed in these institutions. Furthermore, she articulated the difficulties, challenges, and needs encountered by the institutions in improving chemical safety and security practices.

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