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Hardware company has policy for sale of hazardous chemicals

October 5, 2015 7:16 pm

At least one hardware company insists it has policies to prevent minors from getting hold of harmful chemicals.

Following the deaths of three primary school students last month, the unchecked sale of harmful chemicals has been identified as a loose end.

Kasabias Purchasing Manager, Ratilal Hargovind says they take the sale of hazardous chemicals seriously and have always had safety measures in place.

“All our branch managers are informed that they are not to sell these dangerous goods to people under the age of 18 and also we have mentioned that if any consumer or customers are buying, we are also inform them that they are to ensure that children are not interfering with these dangerous goods.”

The Ministry of Agriculture, confirmed to FBC News last month that there are no laws to restrict the sale of hazardous chemicals to minors, and the onus is on retailers to have their own internal policies.

Hargovind says they take full responsibility for all their sales and their policies are constantly being reviewed and there are plans to better them.

Between 2000 and 2008 there were 831 suicides – out of this 182 people used hazardous chemicals to inflict self harm.