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Riyadh- An official at the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) stressed the need to deal optimally with hazardous chemical materials at airports around the world, considering that it is vital and essential for the safety and security in various industries and sectors related to aviation.

Designate Assistant to GACA President for Safety, Security and Air Transport Capt. Abdulaziz Nagadi said there are essential controls to deal with hazardous materials, and that cooperation among all parties ensures the achievement of the desired goals in this field.

Nagadi urged everyone to work on raising the efficiency of employees and companies dealing with storage packaging, shipping, and transportation mechanisms.

In his speech at the Conference on Dangerous Materials, which was organized by GACA in a joint partnership with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh on Wednesday, Nagadi stressed that there is a large proportion of air-transported hazardous materials. For this reason, international organizations and bodies specialized in civil aviation have given this matter great importance.

He pointed out that the civil aviation sector is one of the most important sectors that drives development and economy.

He also stressed the keenness of GACA to perform that role successfully, bearing in mind that dealing with hazardous materials in accordance with the latest techniques used in airports is a necessity, especially that the civil aviation sector serves many other industrial, military, medical and other sectors in the transport and import of their needs of goods and industries involving hazardous materials whether directly or indirectly.

As a body responsible for oversight and legislation in the field of air transport, GACA has worked on the development of regulations for transporting hazardous materials through air in accordance with international agreements and standards, Nagadi said.