China unveils material safety standards

Chinese authorities are continuing to inject professional standards into its construction industry.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 30, 2003

Chinese authorities are continuing to inject professional standards into its construction industry. A week after announcing new health and safety regulations for workers, the government has created new regulations that cover the use of unsafe materials in construction projects. The regulations, which will go into effect in March, according the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, will limit the amount of toxic chemicals in a variety of building materials. “People have been complaining a lot in recent years about health problems most likely caused by dangerous substances in construction materials,” said Lou Minggang, deputy director of the Shanghai Quality Supervision and Inspection Station of Building Materials. “Our tests prove that environmental standards can be reached as long as qualified materials are selected,” he added in an interview with Shanghai Daily News. Along with restrictions on the usage of chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde, the regulations will govern air quality, drainage and electrical standards. Xie Yan, director of the Bureau’s Standardization Division, said that there had been no applicable safety standards until now.

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