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Chinese act on ammonia safety

19075415_lCHINA: Thirteen factories in Shanghai have been penalised for failing liquid ammonia safety checks following the leak at Weng’s cold storage plant that killed 15 people in August.

According to the Shanghai Daily, by the end of September 145 plants using liquid ammonia had undergone checks by the Shanghai Administration of Work Safety, with 997 safety risks uncovered.

Five factories were each fined the equivalent of US$11,501 and a further eight ordered to stop using equipment linked to safety risks. Safety hazards exposed included unqualified machinery, untrained staff and managers with poor safety knowledge.

Another campaign targeting liquid ammonia use is to take place and could see some factories shut down, said officials.

Source: Shanghai Daily

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