As a member of the Singapore Chemical Industry Council, Lucite International Singapore Pte Ltd. (LISPL) works in accordance with Responsible Care® – the global chemical industry’s initiative that drives continuous improvement in health, safety and environmental performance through each country’s national chemical industry associations.

LISPL recently invited a number of logistics service providers to be trained on the safe handling of methyl methacrylate (MMA).

LISPL’s Product Stewardship Leader, Guang Fu Chen, delivered a total of five sessions for a range of groups including internal stakeholders, ISO tank service providers, hauliers and tank operators, drawing on a wealth of experience and technical expertise.

The sessions aimed to highlight product stewardship standards around moving, storing and working safely with MMA, which can also apply to wider materials in the chemicals industry. It addressed key hazards such as flammability and fire, unintended polymerization and spill and leak control. Product stewardship is about taking responsible care of the product throughout its whole lifecycle and is a critical requirement for long-term business sustainability.

Feedback from those who took part was positive, with some commenting on this being the first time a customer has conducted sessions of this nature for them.

Vopak, the world’s leading independent tank storage company, described their session as “fruitful”, while Choon Heng Logistics found the experience to be “useful and informative”. MCL Logistics Asia commented: “it was a very good opportunity for us to learn more about MMA in detail, as it’s not always so easy to do from the safety data sheets.” LTH Logistics enjoyed gaining “a better understanding of MMA safe-handling and controlling a situation if an incident were to occur” and has since cascaded the training to its drivers.

LISPL regards the health and safety of employees, customers, contractors, distributors, suppliers, neighbours, the public and the environment as top priorities in its operations. Workshops of this kind align directly with our KAITEKI values – working towards “the sustainable well-being of people, our society and our planet Earth.”