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Activities of ACHMM-India Chapter for the Months of November and December, 2018–A Summary
 By: Dr. B S Jai Prakash, Vice-President, ACHMM-India Chapter


I am delighted to present a summary of the activities of the ACHMM-India Chapter for the months of November and December 2018.


A delegation from the United States comprising eight CHMMs arrived in Mumbai, India, on November 10, 2018. The names of the delegates were:

  1. Dr. Rampur Viswanath, Team Lead

  2. Ms Kendra Schroer, Asst. Team Lead

  3. Ms Adriane Borgias

  4. Dr. Brandan Borgias

  5. Ms Catherine Werner

  6. Mr. Steven Ross 

  7. Ms Carla Heck

  8. Ms Lavanya Raju

The delegation was taken to Sandip University, Nashik, about 100 miles from Mumbai, where a three-day Indo-US Training Course/Workshop on HMM was organized. Dr. Sandip, chancellor of the university, and Col. Dr. Ramachandran, vice-chancellor of the university, assured a long-standing relationship with AHMP (USA) and the ACHMM-India Chapter and declared the opening of the Sandip University Chapter of Hazardous Materials Management under the patronage of the ACHMM-India Chapter, affiliated with AHMP (USA). The delegates from the United States taught 16 modules on various aspects of HMM prepared by the ACHMM-India Chapter and the Institute of Environment and HMM (IEHMM), Bangalore, India. The workshop was attended by 350 students from different universities and colleges and 25 participants from local industries. There were many inquiries from students and industry representatives about the CHMM certification by IHMM (USA). The delegation visited one of the largest rock-cut monastery temple cave complexes in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site at Ellora, featuring Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain monuments and artwork dating from the 600–1000 CE period. A visit to the largest vineyard in India was also arranged by the organizers. The U.S. delegation deeply appreciated the astounding hospitality provided to them by Sandip University, Nashik.


On November 16, 2018, the delegation took a flight from Mumbai to Bangalore and participated in the Indo-US Workshop on E-Waste Management at Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT) on November 17. During the inauguration, the BIT Chapter of Hazardous Materials Management, affiliated with AHMP (USA), was declared open, and to this effect, an organization certificate was presented to the principal of BIT. Mr. Steven Ross presented an overview of e-waste management. On the same day, the ACHMM-India Chapter joined hands with the Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management (ISHWM), New Delhi, to create the Karnataka Chapter of ISHWM, with an objective to suggest engineering control measures to mitigate hazards arising due to hospital wastes.


On November 18, the delegation visited Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT), where two talks were given by Ms. Adriane Borgias and Mr. Steven Ross. The principal of DBIT announced the creation of the DBIT Chapter of Hazardous Materials Management under the patronage of the ACHMM-India Chapter, affiliated with AHMP (USA). Then, the U.S. delegation was accommodated at the Guest House of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) at Bangalore to participate in the two-day (November 19–20) International Conference on Climate Change, organized by the Department of Civil Engineering at Bangalore University. Dr. Rampur Viswanath, Ms. Kendra Schroer, and Ms. Adriane Borgias delivered plenary lectures. On November 20, the U.S. delegation visited BIOCON, Bangalore, one of the world’s largest manufacturing units of insulin and other chemicals by bioroutes. Several issues related to hazardous materials were discussed. BIOCON officials welcomed the proposal from the India Chapter, under the patronage of AHMP (USA), to organize Indo-US workshops on HMM, as annual events at different industries, through a consortium of the industries in Bangalore. An MOU between BIOCON and the ACHMM-India Chapter is in the process of being signed. On November 21, the U.S. delegation visited HIKAL Co. Ltd, Bangalore, another pharmaceutical industry. After learning about activities of the ACHMM-India Chapter, the officials of HIKAL CO. Ltd. discussed the problems associated with pharmaceutical industries in India. They agreed to become a corporate member of the India Chapter and consented to join the consortium of industries to organize workshops on HMM every year through the India Chapter and AHMP (USA). Delegates then visited Mysore on November 21 and 22 and saw the world-famous Brindavan Gardens and Mysore Palace. The Mysore tour was arranged by the RV College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore.


On November 22 and 23, the delegation participated in the two-day Indo-US Training Workshop on HMM at RVCE. The U.S. delegates taught 13 modules on HMM to about 400 students from different colleges and universities and representatives from many industries. Many students expressed interest in the CHMM certification offered by IHMM (USA). The management and principal of RVCE announced the formation of the RVCE Chapter of Hazardous Materials Management under the patronage of ACHMM-India Chapter, affiliated with AHMP (USA). An MOU is in progress between RVCE and the ACHMM-India Chapter to organize international workshops on HMM and to conduct student projects on HMM and industrial safety aspects. After this event, the U.S. delegates returned to their destinations.


On December 20, the ACHMM-India Chapter organized the first meeting of the Karnataka Chapter of the Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management (ISHWM) at Bangalore. Prof. GC Ranganath, secretary of the ACHMM-India Chapter as well as secretary of the Karnataka Chapter of ISHWM, highlighted the hazardous nature of hospital wastes. He suggested organizing workshops to discuss the hazard assessment in hospitals to bring awareness to hospital workers and also to recommend the best practices to mitigate problems, particularly with respect to the ETP from Hospital Ots, which are not adopting correct treatment procedures.    


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