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High-tech tags to trace chemical goods

IN the wake of August’s fatal chemical warehouse explosion in the northern city of Tianjin, Shanghai plans to use electronic labels to monitor all dangerous chemical products in a concerted bid to enhance work safety administration, authorities said yesterday.

The radio frequency identification device, already in use locally since 2006 to monitor chemical gas cylinders, will also now be deployed to trace other dangerous chemical products during transportation, storage and use, Shen Weizhong, deputy director of the Shanghai Work Safety Administration, told political advisers during an inspection tour of the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, which lies on the border of suburban Jinshan and Fengxian districts.

The tags can also help during the investigation of accidents, he said.

“Electronic labels will be first used in the park and expanded to the whole city gradually,” Shen said, without giving details.

Also, by 2017, a new highway will open for the exclusive use of vehicles carrying dangerous chemical products into or out of the chemical park. Such vehicles will no longer have to pass through downtown residential areas, thereby reducing risk to public health, Shen revealed.

The “designated” road, a 104-kilometer section of the existing G228 National Highway, will run through Chongming County, the Pudong New Area and Fengxian and Jinshan districts, he said.

Meanwhile, the city is drafting the third version of its list of dangerous chemical products that are prohibited or to be used under control.

The first version was unveiled in 2012 and it was revised in 2014.

Currently, 88 kinds of chemicals are banned from production, storage, sales, transportation and use around the city; 170 banned in downtown areas; and 178 are required to be used under control.


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