Govt vows to standardise wood processing plants
The government has instructed authorities in charge to inspect wood processing plants nationwide to ensure the plants’ operations meet production and environmental quality standards. Inspection will be launched into all licensed 1,595 plants across the country and a number of criteria will be used to assess if the plants have complied with the set standards, a senior official of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said on September 21. Referring to the standards, Director General of the Industry and Handicraft Department of the ministry, Mr Manolack Rasachak said the plants must meet the set production quality standards and be located in areas permitted by the relevant laws and regulations. We will inspect to ensure that production by the plants is in line with what they are licensed and allowed to, he said. The plants’ operations must also meet safety standards such as a hygienic environment to protect workers’ health.