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China to promote strict controls on dangerous chemicals

Updated: Dec 6,2016 5:00 PM

The State Council issued a circular on Dec 6 to promote a comprehensive management system of dangerous chemicals.

The circular is aimed at strengthening the management over dangerous chemicals and preventing major accidents from happening again, in an effort to ensure people’s safety.

Related work will be carried out from December 2016 to November 2019, in three phases – making plans and publicizing them, implementation and supervision, and making summaries and reports.

The circular provided details on specific prevention work and control measures to further ensure an efficient administrative system for dangerous chemicals.

The government urged related departments and industries to carry out a thorough inspection with the goal of eliminating any latent chemical security risks.

During the inspections, a database of major hazards source should be created, and relocation of dangerous chemical production enterprises should also be carried out. In the meantime, the dangerous chemical registration system should also be further improved to assist better implementation of the database system.

It also emphasized the supervision work on controlling dangerous chemicals. Supervision should focus on chemical industrial parks, dangerous chemical transportation and gas transmission pipelines that are exposed to high risks of dangerous chemical accidents.

In addition, the government requested that related departments and industries should improve the supervision and prevention mechanism, enhance chemical governance by law, strengthen planning and access restriction of chemical industries and clarify the responsibility of enterprises in major incidents.