Expert team to review Guyana Gold Board Lab operations appointed

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgFollowing grave concerns for the safety of workers and residents within the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) compound and its environs after recent incidents of elevated mercury emission in said compound, a team to review the operations of the company’s laboratory was recommended by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.Dr David SinghThat team has now been appointed to examine and report on all aspects of the functionality of the Guyana Gold Board’s laboratory, and to make recommendations for its efficient, secure, and environmentally safe operations, including its relocation.Headed by Dr David Singh, Executive Director of Conservation International, the appointed Committee, which includes a retired Assistant Police Commissioner and members from both the GGMC and Gold Board, has been also tasked with examining a secure site for the relocation of the said laboratory.They will commence work on April 18 and are expected to give a detailed report of their findings within a one-month period.An Air Quality Monitoring study, which was conducted by Kaizen Environmental Service Limited, showed that the mercury level in GGMC’s compound was in keeping with the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.Despite the finding, however, Minister Trotman made the recommendation for the lab to be reviewed by an expert team.This decision was made by the Minister, who said that the “health and safety of persons utilising the compound, primarily the workers, are of paramount importance”.As such, he proposed “an expert’s review for the functions of the Gold Board’s lab to see how it could be made to better function, where it should be situated, what scientific and other methodology should be used and deployed to ensure that safety comes first for both the workers in the lab and those who are around the lab.”Mercury is used to purify gold from ore in a process called amalgamation. The laboratory is used to burn amalgam mixture to rid the gold of mercury.This process can be very dangerous and lead to significant mercury exposure and health risks.last_img read more