The Importance of Responsible Chemical Management

Published 23rd April 2019

On March 21st 2019 a catastrophic explosion took place, at a pesticide manufacturing facility in Yangcheg (Jiangsu Province) China. It is claimed that more than 60 people were killed and over 600 injured. The incident, now under investigation, resulted in an explosion so severe, seismologically a small earthquake was detected.

Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters via The Guardian (2019)

It is thought that the blast was derived from a fire near a benzene storage area. However, until the investigation is complete the cause is merely speculation. Nevertheless, the disastrous impacts of this and similar events, emphasises the importance of responsible chemical management particularly in areas such as handling and storage.


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Cover photograph at top: Dense smoke rises from the Tianjiayi chemical plant after an explosion occurred. Photographer: Imaginechina via AP Photo

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