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AIGA on 2021/22: Going beyond borders in the name of safety

AIGA on 2021/22: Going beyond borders in the name of safety

For many, the start of a new year offers the opportunity to reflect on the year prior and move on with great gusto into the next. After the year that was 2020, a widespread desire to put that period behind us existed long before it was over.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the original epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic, the recovery has been on far longer than any other corners of the world – and with a few exceptions, is largely regarded as having been more successful too. So how does the Asia Industrial Gases Association (AIGA) look back on the last two years, and what challenges loom large on its horizon?

Milan Sakar

Source: AIGA

Milan Sakar, AIGA

Covid-19 was naturally at the forefront of our year-ending members newsletter for December 2020, with AIGA Board President (for 2018-2021) François Abrial thanking “all the members companies of AIGA and various National Associations of the gases industry in Asia for effectively playing their role round-the-clock during the extended period of the Covid-19 pandemic in order to meet the higher demands of medical oxygen from hospitals and Covid-19 care centres.”

John Panikar, who assumed the role of AIGA President in early Nov 2021 (for the 2021-2023 period), also echoed the previous AIGA sentiment in paying due deference to the ‘Covid warriors’ in the region, adding, “Please join me in appreciating the effort by Covid-19 warriors from the industrial gases industry who continue to play an exemplary role in spite of adversities faced – frequent lockdowns, protecting employees from infections while delivering medical oxygen in high-risk areas, disinfecting the cylinders, driving the delivery trucks, working for long hours, and meeting increased demands for medical oxygen.”

The pandemic provided not just difficult new learnings but opportunities to engage with industry and society like never before – and that’s really important when trying to communicate an issue as important as safety. AIGA and its members not only care for safety of their staff and customers but also for the common public and society in general.

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