China is set to launch a month-long, nationwide inspection campaign into hazardous chemicals, mines, transportation and fire safety, following a deadly pesticide plant explosion that killed 78 people, said Reuters.
The Ministry of Emergency Management said in a notice that authorities needed to “deeply absorb” the lesson of the incident.
The blast occurred at a plant owned by Tianjiayi Chemical Co, which produces more than 30 organic chemical compounds. State media said the company had a history of safety violations and had been punished repeatedly as a result.
Safety departments are under pressure to crack down on violations, including the illegal or excess storage of dangerous chemical materials. The departments have also been urged to make use of big data and other technological methods to strengthen real-time monitoring of hazardous chemical producers.