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China State Administration of Work Safety Published the Guidance on Safety Production of Phosgene and Phosgenation Products

Original Article by Ethan Zheng from CIRS

Because of the danger and high safety risk level of the production procedures of Phosgene and Phosgenation products, “Phosgene and Phosgenation Product Safety Production Supervision Guidance” (“Guidance” for short in the following contents) has been composed by China State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) in order to further improve the management level of the Phosgene and Phosgenation products in China. “Guidance” specifies that many aspects need to be improved to strengthen the safety production of Phosgene and Phosgenation products.

Production project shall be scientific planed and rational arranged.
Strictly restriction is required for the Phosgene and Phosgenation product related new projects. The new Phosgene and Phosgenation construction projects are required to follow the rules of safety, industrial concentration and distribution centralization. Construction of the Phosgenation project is forbidden in the area where gas diffusion is not suitable. “Phosgene and Phosgenation product safety production rules and procedures” must be fulfilled if new constructions are being taken place.

Design and management of Phosgene and Phosgenation product project construction need to be strengthened.
Leakage prevention and solutions to leakage must be taken into consideration in the project design. More detailed design must be made related to the safety production of Phosgene and Phosgenation.

Daily operation safety management must be strengthened.
Manufacturers shall set up appropriate standards and rules for the Phosgene and Phosgenation production, and these rules must be strictly obeyed. Close-off management must be carried in the Phosgene and Phosegenation product production area, related equipment and safety equipment must be used, and safety rules must be obeyed.

Emergency management must be strengthened.
Potential accidents analysis, emergency handling plan and record filing for local authorities must be carried out. Accident alarms, related agents and commanding system must be improved. Emergency rehearsal needs to be carried out timely.


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