The government aims to bring major work accidents to “dynamic zero”
The ministry wants to eliminate the identified significant risks before the end of 2024
The Work Safety Commission of the State Council, China’s cabinet, recently released a three-year plan aimed at achieving “dynamic zero” risks of major accidents across the country.
Dynamic zero refers to the goal of achieving zero risks despite the risk of some unpreventable conditions.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Emergency Management, the plan proposes to eliminate major accident risks identified before this year by the end of this year, and any increase in major accident risks must be curbed by the end of 2025.
By the end of 2026, a normalization mechanism will be formed to reach a dynamic risk-free level, the statement said.
The plan outlines a series of measures in eight areas, including strengthening the governance standard system for major accident risks, upgrading technology support, conducting safety education and training for heads of business entities, and improving the safety awareness and capabilities of employees in businesses. units.
The plan also urges local governments and business units to coordinate economic growth and safe production, establish and improve a full-chain responsibility system to investigate and rectify major accident risks in key industries, and greatly enhance safety supervision capabilities.
According to the plan, by the end of 2026, the frequency of major and serious production safety accidents will be effectively reduced.
The head of safety coordination at the Ministry of Emergency Management said that the three-year plan is a strategic arrangement based on a comprehensive analysis of the current situation and production safety tasks.
The official pointed out that in recent years, the number of production safety accidents and deaths in China has decreased annually. However, the field of production safety still faces many unstable and uncertain factors.
Especially since last year, some regions and industrial sectors have witnessed successive major accidents affecting production safety.
In November, a major gas explosion occurred in a coal mine in Heilongjiang Province.
The following month in Heilongjiang, an underground mine cart accident occurred at another mine.
Together, the incidents resulted in the deaths of 23 people and the injury of 13 others.
Also last month, another explosion occurred at a coal mine in Henan Province, killing 16 people.
“The lessons learned from these incidents are very painful, and require us to focus on the deep-seated contradictions and problems that restrict safe production,” the official said.
According to the official, the plan provides targeted measures to investigate and correct major accident risks.
These include encouraging companies to establish a normalization mechanism for self-examination and self-correction of major accident risks.
Organization leaders are required to lead teams to conduct inspections at least once every three months, and at least once a month in high-risk industries.
Employees who fail to conduct investigations, fail to identify problems, or refuse to correct problems after they have been identified will be held accountable, creating a significant long-term accident risk.