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China Releases Emergency Response Guideline for Transportation of Dangerous Goods

On April 30, 2021, the State Administration for Market Regulation and the Standardization Administration approved and published a series of recommended standards for transportation of dangerous goods, namely the Emergency Response Guideline for Transportation of Dangerous Goods.

The standards were formulated by the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) as well as several institutes, industry associations and enterprises including REACH24H. They are set to take effect starting from November 1, 2021.

The Guideline comprises of four parts, including:

l  GB/T 39652.1-2021 Emergency Response Guideline for Transportation of Dangerous Goods: Part 1 General Provision

l  GB/T 39652.2-2021 Emergency Response Guideline for Transportation of Dangerous Goods: Part 2 Emergency Guide

l  GB/T 39652.3-2021 Emergency Response Guideline for Transportation of Dangerous Goods: Part 3 Response Distance

l  GB/T 39652.4-2021 Emergency Response Guideline for Transportation of Dangerous Goods: Part 4 List of Substance which in Contact with Water Emit Toxic Gases

The Guideline is developed based on the actual conditions of emergency response for transportation of dangerous goods in China, referring to the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), which is used by emergency response personnel in Canada, Mexico, and the US when responding to a transportation emergency involving hazardous materials.

The Guideline specifies general requirements for responses to transportation emergencies involving dangerous goods, response guides for emergencies involving different dangerous goods, and relevant safety precautions and disposal requirements, and includes provisions on initial isolation and protective action distances, delineation of protective zones and protective measures. It also provides tables on the initial isolation and protective action distances for various emergencies and a list of water-reactive materials that produce toxic gases.

As the first of its kind in China, the Guideline can provide solid instructions for relevant personnel involved in emergency responses for transportation of dangerous goods and thus effectively reduce the harms caused by relevant accidents. The full texts of the Guideline will be released in around 10 working days. Relevant authorities will work on the education on and publicity of the Guideline in the second half of this year.

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