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The Petrochemical Industry in Singapore - Ways to Improve Safety Contents Executive Summary 2 Background 2 Purpose of Report 2 Summary of Main Findings and Recommendations 2 Main Body 4 Introduction 4 Background 4 Current Situation 5 Purpose of Report 7 Outline of Report 7 Methods and Procedures 7 Sources 7 Criteria for Evaluation 7 Findings and Discussion 8 Proposed Solutions 8 Evaluation of Solutions According to Criteria 10 Conclusion 10 Summary of the Problem 10 Summary of Findings and Discussion 11 Recommendations 11 References 12 Appendix13 Executive Summary 1Background According to the Singapore Economic Development Board EDB 1998 the petrochemical industry is an essential component of Singapores manufacturing sector Basically this industry specialises in the production of organic chemicals which can be used as raw materials for other products Bahrawi Baumgarten 2000 In Singapore the establishment of a petrochemical hub at Jurong Island has contributed significantly to the rapid development of the petrochemical industry Bhasi 2002 Its products have also been used to improve the standards of living among Singaporeans Indeed the petrochemical industry has provided numerous advantages to the public However according to the Ministry of Manpower MOM 2001b increasing accident rates in petrochemical plants have shown that the levels of safety in the petrochemical industry remain unsatisfactory 2Purpose of Report This report aims to show that the risks associated with the petrochemical industry should not be overlooked Subsequently solutions will be proposed to minimise these risks 3Summary of Main Findings and Recommendations The following two short-term and two long-term solutions are proposed to alleviate the problem of high risk levels in the petrochemical industry Short-term Solutions 1Stricter Regulations for Handling Chemicals A common set of regulations for factories in the petrochemical industry can be compiled in the form of a handbook and given to workers This can reduce confusion and ambiguity In addition workers can refer to the guidelines in the handbook whenever they are unsure of
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