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Professional exams in health, agriculture, hazardous chemicals & the environment to create new standards for the Asean Economic Community in 2015. 



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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Standards for professionals proposed

18/07/2012
Nanchanok Wongsamuth

New legal standards for some science and technology professionals may be enacted this year in preparation for the advent of the Asean Economic Community in 2015.

The Council of Science and Technology Professionals (CSTP) is drafting a law in support of four science sectors: hazardous chemicals, environmental impact assessment, nuclear technology and control of disease-causing microbes.

CSTP president Nirut Uttha said it is important for Thai scientists to be as competitive as their counterparts in other countries in order to meet international standards, especially in industry.

"Many new factories are opening these days, and they have to dispose of their wastes and other hazardous substances. These four sectors are of an urgent nature, and there could be negative consequences if they're not kept under control, especially when foreign scientists become involved," he said.

The new legal standards will mean not only can Thai scientists compete in other Asean countries but also foreign scientists working in Thailand will have to meet the same standards.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Act of 2008 already covers the four sectors of natural science, health, agriculture and integrated science and technology.

The new draft bill that has been drawn up to cover the other four sectors has been submitted to the Council of State, expected to grant approval this year.

If passed into law, professionals of the four occupations would have one year in which to sit a standard examination.

Other sectors that are in demand could be added in the future such as food science, in line with Thailand's goal of becoming the "kitchen of the world", said Mr Nirut.

(Source: Bangkok Post, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Standards for professionals proposed, 18/07/2012, Nanchanok Wongsamuth, link)


Science Professionals Vocabulary

science -  วิทยาศาสตร์ (See Wikipedia)
scientist - an highly trained expert in a science who either does research or uses this knowledge to perform useful tasks in a job นักวิทยาศาสตร์ (See Wikipedia)

laboratory - a room or place that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments, and measurement may be performed (See Wikipedia)

profession - an job that needs special training, experience, exams and maintaining standards in work (examples: medicine, accounting, engineering)
a science profession

professional - a person
science professional - a specially trained scientist who has passed an exam and is a member of a science profession

proposed - suggested (but not yet chosen or decided upon)

standards - acceptable levels of quality or achievement มาตรฐาน
legal standards

enacted
- made a proposal into a law ยื่นร่างกฎหมาย
advent - the start or beginning of

standards for professionals proposed

New legal standards for some science and technology professionals may be enacted this year in preparation for the advent of the Asean Economic Community in 2015.

drafting - writing, creating
drafting a law

support - helping สนับสนุน
X in support of Y - X helping Y

sector -
a part of the economy
science sectors
- a part of the economy that involves science

hazardous
- dangerous, especially to people's health or safety
hazardous substances
hazardous chemicals

impact - the effect or influence some event has, the good or harm that an event does ผลกระทบ
assessment - evaluating; the process of making a judgment or forming an opinion, after considering something or someone carefully การประเมิณสถานการณ์
environmental impact assessment (EIA) - a study of the good and bad effects that a large project such as construction of a building or factory may have on the environment (See Wikipedia)

nuclear technology - (See Wikipedia)
control of disease-causing
microbes

The Council of Science and Technology Professionals (CSTP) is drafting a law in support of four science sectors: hazardous chemicals, environmental impact assessment, nuclear technology and control of disease-causing microbes.

competitive - involving competition, many people trying to get or win something that is limited or scarce, not enough for everyone มีการแข่งขัน

counterparts - another person who has a similar function, work, or position in another organisation or place
counterparts in other countries

international
- between countries, in all countries ระหว่างประเทศ
international standards

CSTP president Nirut Uttha said it is important for Thai scientists to be as competitive as their counterparts in other countries in order to meet international standards, especially in industry.

waste - after using something what is left, garbage to be thrown away (examples: garbagemen specialize in waste removal, after flushing the toilet the waste passes into the drain pipe) การสูญเสียไปโดยเปล่าประโยชน์, การหมดเปลือง, สูญเสีย,สิ้นเปลือง,หมดเปลือง,เปล่าประโยชน์, สิ่งที่สูญเสียไปโดยเปล่าประโยชน์, ขยะ,สิ่งปฏิกูล,อุจจาระ

dispose - to throw away or get rid of ทิ้ง

dispose of wastes
dispose of hazardous substances

urgent
- needing to be dealt with immediately ที่เร่งด่วน
nature - the basic quality or feature of something ลักษณะที่แท้จริงของสิ่งต่างๆ, ธรรมชาติของสิ่งต่างๆ
of an urgent nature

consequences
- results of some actions; the things that happen as a result of a action, decision or event
negative - bad ที่เป็นด้านลบ
negative consequences - the bad things that happen as a result of an action

"Many new factories are opening these days, and they have to dispose of their wastes and other hazardous substances. These four sectors are of an urgent nature, and there could be negative consequences if they're not kept under control, especially when foreign scientists become involved," he said. The new legal standards will mean not only can Thai scientists compete in other Asean countries but also foreign scientists working in Thailand will have to meet the same standards.

integrated - combined so that they work well together ที่รวมเข้าด้วยกัน

The Science, Technology and Innovation Act of 2008 already covers the four sectors of natural science, health, agriculture and integrated science and technology.

draft - to write a document, plan, etc. that may be changed before it is finally accepted ร่าง ฉบับร่าง
bill - a written document containing a proposal for a new law ญัตติ
draft bill - ร่างกฎหมาย

submitted - formally given to someone so that they can make a decision about it ยื่น  ยื่นเอกสารเพื่อการพิจารณา
submitted to the Council of State

grant - to officially give something ให้
approval - official permission การอนุมัต
grant approval - when the government says officially that you can do something

expected
- believe will happen คาดว่า (จะเกิดขึ้น)
expected to grant approval this year

occupation -
a job that someone does to earn a living อาชีพ

sit an examination - take an examination
sit a standard examination

The new draft bill that has been drawn up to cover the other four sectors has been submitted to the Council of State, expected to grant approval this year. If passed into law, professionals of the four occupations would have one year in which to sit a standard examination. Other sectors that are in demand could be added in the future such as food science, in line with Thailand's goal of becoming the "kitchen of the world", said Mr Nirut.

demand - people or consumers wanting to buy goods and services ความต้องการ
X in demand - people need and want good X

food science - (See Wikipedia)

in line
with - agreeing with ..., furthering and supporting the goal of ...

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