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Rules for the Hazardous Chemicals Warehouse Storage in China Effective from July 1, 2023!

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On December 29, 2022, the General Rules for the Hazardous Chemicals Warehouse Storage (GB 15603-2022) was officially released and will enter into force on July 1, 2023. It will repeal and replace GB 15603-1995.

GB 15603-2022 is a mandatory national standard and is of great significance to the safety and management of hazardous chemicals as it provides a universal and basic standard for their storage.

The standard covers the following provisions:

  • Basic requirements for the storage of hazardous chemicals;
  • Safety management;
  • Handling and stacking;
  • Warehousing operations;
  • Labor protection; and
  • Emergency management.

Compared with GB 15603-1995, GB 15603-2022 has made some changes:

  1. It revised the Table of Prohibitions on the Storage of Hazardous Chemicals in Annex A.1, introducing GHS in hazard classifications;
  2. It deleted the provisions on open-air storage; and
  3. It added the storage requirements for highly toxic chemicals, regulated chemicals, precursor chemicals, and explosives precursors, as well as relevant specifications for stacking and handling.

We are also proud to reveal that CIRS Group took part in the drafting of GB 15603-2022.


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