• China’s Supervision of VOCs Emissions Critical to Combating Grave Environmental Issues

      10 Oct 2019   Deborah Xiong

    Takehome: Enterprises shall pay close attention to trends and changes in regulation of VOCs emission which are a priority target in China’s environmental rectification campaign. VOC management is shifting focus towards source control and management of fugitive emissions. More than 400 policy documents and 80 emission standards related to control...
  • China`s VOC Management and Impact on the Chemical Industry

      9 Sep 2019   Kai Pflug

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a low boiling point (below 250ºC) at atmospheric pressure. While most of them are not acutely toxic, they are known to have negative long-term effects on human health. According to a study published in 2017, in China the use of VOC-containing products is the main source of VOC emissions, contributing about 75% of total...
  • China’s Working Plans for the Environmental Management of Chemical Substances

      23 Aug 2019   Deborah Xiong

    Takehome: China plans to optimize environmental management of chemicals through the implementation of a single overarching chemical regulation which would specify the broad compliance requirements for chemicals throughout their lifecycle and throughout the supply chain. To support this China will also implement two new systems of risk assessment and control, establish and...
  • Introduction of Global Occupational Exposure Limits

      20 Aug 2019   Robert Brandys

    1. Historical Perspective on Global Occupational Exposure Limits Adverse health effects from occupational exposure to chemicals has been known for thousands of years. The Romans noted effects from lead and asbestos and later arsenic. A list of “poisons” that have been used for various purposes was well known.  Establishing occupational exposure limits for some...
  • South Korea to Ease Chemical Regulations to Offset Impact of Japanese Export Curbs

      14 Aug 2019   Nadine He

    The trade friction between South Korea and Japan has attracted considerable attention and led many (click here[1] and...
  • Challenges and Strategies for Chemical Parks in China

      9 Aug 2019   Kai Pflug

    China`s approximately 600 chemical parks are currently in a situation that at first glance seems quite enviable. As the government has mandated the relocation of chemical production into chemical parks and imposed tight deadlines, attractive chemical parks get a...