The Ministry of Environment &
Forests, Govt. of India has notified the rules under title “Manufacture Storage
and Import of Hazardous Chemicals
Rules, 1989 to deal with the safety and environmental aspects associated with
hazardous chemicals. The salient features of the rules are as follows:
This rule applies to an industrial
activity in which a hazardous chemical, subject to schedule 1,is or may be
The occupier is required to inform
to the authority, in schedule 6 ,of
any major accident caused due to hazardous chemicals occurring on a site or in a
The concerned authority shall
undertake full analysis of the major accident and send the requisite information
to the MoEF.
The criteria of industries coming
under preview of isolated storage is given in the schedule 2.
The occupier is required to submit a
written report in schedule 7, to the
The occupier is required to submit
safety report as specified inschedule 8.
The occupier shall prepare and keep
updated on site emergency plan as perschedule 11, detailing
how major accident will be dealt in the industry on the site.
An off site emergency plan
shall be prepared by the concerned authority, as in schedule 5, to deal with the
The importer of hazardous chemicals
shall inform to the authority in the prescribed form.
Authority at the state is to advice
to the importer and the concerned port authority for regarding safety measures
to be observed by them.
The importer shall maintain
the records of hazardous chemicals as specified inschedule 10.
The road transportation of hazardous
chemicals should be in accordance in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989.