Dr Ponampalam has spent most of his working years at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) as an Emergency Physician since 1995. Soon after he pursued his sub-speciality interest in Toxicology and was given the Health Manpower Development Program (HMDP) Award from Ministry of Health (MOH) for training in Emergency Toxicology in USA in 1998. Upon his return he has invaluably contributed to the hazardous materials disaster preparedness program both nationally and at the hospital level. He has been responsible for having trained the personnel who make up the decontamination teams at SGH. He was instrumental in having developed programs in Hazardous Materials Life Support (HMLS) courses which have been conducted as a national training program for emergency responders dealing with chemical disasters.
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He was born in the city of Jiquilpan, Michoacán, Mexico.He studied a degree in medicine at the Michoacán University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo (UMSNH). He obtained training to be a professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He obtained the postgraduate degree of Expert and International Master in Toxicology at the Illustrious Official School of Chemists of Seville, Spain.He pparticipated in the following FAO courses: "International Code of Conduct for Pesticide Management" and "International Code of Conduct for Pesticide Distribution and Storage". He is a member of the Spanish Association of Toxicology (AETOX) and the European Association of Toxicology (EUROTOX).In addition, he is also a member of the following groups: EHSQ Elite (No.1 IN SAFETY) Enviromental Health Safety Sustainability Security Elite, Regulatory Toxicology Group, Society of Cosmetic Scientists-SCS Group, EUSAAT- EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL TESTING, Eurotox 2017, REACH, CLP and Biocides Regulations and Genetic Literacy Project. He is dedicated to the private practice of General Toxicology with a focus on treatment and design of strategies in the problem of agrochemicals. Since 1995, he has provided advice to health institutions, educators, day laborers and small producers, providing information on the risks that the inadequate management of agrochemicals has as a consequence. He has participated as an organizer and speaker of courses and conferences in the region and in the State.He currently works as a consultant and altruistic consultant in the two universities of the state and in the ecology council of the state (COEECO), which is the only one in the country.