Environmental Sustainability in Textile Industries (ESTex), Department of Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and Conference and Exhibition Management Services Limited (CEMS) jointly arranged a ‘Symposium and Workshop on Textile Chemical Safety and Management’, at the Crystal Ball Room, Hotel Intercontinental, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 4th July 2019. In the first half of the event there were a Symposium and open discussion. Workshop was held after lunch.

Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh Md. Mofizul Islam graced the occasion as the chief guest. Fazle Shamim Ehsan, Second Vice President, BKMEA and Arshad Jamal Dipu, Vice President, BGMEA were present as the special guests. Dr. Jack Chosnek, Principal and President, Knowledge One LLC along with Dr. Syeda Sultana Razia, Professor and Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Easir Arafat Khan, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Shahan Reza, Country Relations Manager, Bluesign were present as the resource persons. Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan, Project-Manager, ESTex and Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, was the moderator of the program.

Dr. Mohidus Samad Khan presented the current scenario of usage of chemicals in the textile sector, which is worth 17 thousand crore taka. He expressed his concerns about the handling, usage and transportation of such huge amount of chemicals that are imported every year. Sidewise, he also discussed about producing some of the chemicals locally which may help national economy to a great extent. Honorable chief guest said for the betterment of future generations, the management of chemicals and thus conservation of environment is a must for our country. Honorable the special guests held their views about textile chemical safety and management in Bangladesh, future plans and appreciated ESTex for their recent activities.

At the evening session, participants took part in group exercise and later on they presented their activities, followed by open discussion. The weaknesses and threats of the textile industry in terms of chemical management issues and the solutions were discussed in the open discussion session. Participants received certificates and workshop materials at the closing session of the occasion.

The Environmental Sustainability in Textile Industries program (ESTex) led by the Department of Chemical Engineering, BUET serves national interest to help government, local industries and associations to facilitate sustainable industrial growth in textile sector. The above event organised by ESTex-BUET in association with CEMS Global covered the key elements of chemical management and safety based on national and international policy and rules.