The Sultanate, represented by the Environment Agency, participated in the workshop organized by the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf on examining the common environmental situation for the post-Corona pandemic, through visual communication technology, with representatives from all member states participating in the workshop.
The workshop included five axes that included environmental trends in the GCC countries, keeping pace with the environmental considerations for the economic and social development of the post-Corona pandemic (Covid-19) and the environmental impacts of the work pattern for the post-Covid-19 pandemic, as well as sustainable consumption and environmental management in crises and emergencies.
The Environment Agency participated in a working paper on the environmental management of chemicals in times of crises, and the Sultanate’s experience in the field of sound management of chemicals and its waste during the Corona pandemic (Covid-19) was clarified, as well as dealing with waste in an environmentally safe manner, in coordination and cooperation between all relevant authorities and in accordance with Complies with national and international safety aspects, standards and procedures.
Where the precautionary measures and measures that have been taken to ensure the continuity and smoothness of the import and export movement of chemicals in balance with the supervisory side have been clarified and the application of the Global System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), and its adoption as a guide and a basic standard in its classification of chemicals, which helped to approve the receipt of all requests and transactions. Through the electronic systems, all requests are studied, audited, approved, and completed within less than 24 hours, which has an impact on the continuity and flow of business during the total closure period between the governorates, which saves the governmental and private sectors effort and time while investigating accuracy with speed in the completion of the import and export process of chemicals. In order to achieve the control aspect, the field visits system was activated through the authority’s electronic system and the periodic reports were activated and linked with licenses each and the use of the inspection guide and the inspector’s guide, which were prepared in accordance with international standards according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) system, and is currently in the process of updating the inspection guide to be according to the system. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and activating a plan for field visits through the authority’s electronic system, by issuing a visit order, communicating with companies dealing electronically, visiting the company and ensuring its compliance with environmental legislation and laws related to the proper handling of dangerous chemicals. The electronic inspection system was linked to the employee’s e-mail to be The inspector receives notice via his e-mail to conduct the visit, and the inspector reviews and follows up during the inspection process and takes notes and recommendations through the field visits window in the ministry’s system directly in the field through his mobile device.
In the area of controlling imported and exported chemicals; A number of the authority’s specialists have been appointed at the land, air and sea border outlets in order to raise the indicators and efficiency of monitoring and control in the areas of import and export of chemicals and to ensure that the data in the permits match the shipments and to track the movement of these materials and goods across borders as an essential element of the sound management of chemicals and in cooperation with General Administration of Customs.