media release

Chemical Safety in China Promoted

An agreement designed to promote chemical safety in China has been signed by a number of major international chemical producers, including Akzo Nobel.

Akzo Nobel is among a group of international chemical producers to have signed an agreement to help promote chemical safety in China.

The company is one of a number of key members of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM) who made the agreement with China’s dangerous chemical management authorities.

Under the terms of the agreement, the producing companies agree to freely provide safety data relating to their products to China’s National Registration Center for Chemicals (NRCC).

The companies will provide money annually to help fund the center and guarantee quality service to chemical users, distributors and other people who deal with hazardous substances.

“The agreements can help the public to efficiently consult the center about any chemical problems they meet,” said Gerard Deleens, Chairman of the AICM.

The center will open a 24-hour hotline for the client companies and will respond to emergency chemical accidents, as well as providing general information and expert assistance.

Added NRCC head Zhang Haifeng: “The agreement is expected to play a big role in China’s work safety strategy and in creating a safer environment.”

(Released: July 22, 2002)