The South Korean Ministry of Environment (MoE) has published Implementation Rules for the Chemical Controls Act (CCA: Only in Korean). The CCA regulates the monitoring and handling of hazardous goods, how to avoid chemical accidents, and how to register serious incidents.
The changed procedures include:
- Confidentiality applications for chemical examinations
- Sanctioning of specialized agencies that create environmental reports or off-site impact assessments
- Determination of the implementation of risk management plans
In the future, companies that want the results of chemical studies to remain confidential must request such handling.
Sanctions will apply if monitoring determines that the facilities, equipment, or personal of specialized agencies that create environmental reports or off-site impact assessments are inadequate. Repeated violations by the same agency will result in suspensions of up to six months.
The schedule for inspections carried out by the National Institute of Chemical Safety (NICS) has also been changed. It should inspect the risk management and accident-avoidance plans in agencies that deal with hazardous chemicals. For the first time, inspections should occur two years after receipt of a notice of suitability. The agency will then undergo reinspection after four years.
The modification took effect on November 29, 2018.
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