Beijing raises work safety requirements to address hazards

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Beijing will raise work safety standards and consider banning or restricting certain industrial activities to remove dangerous and polluting industries, according to the municipal work safety watchdog.

A list of banned or restricted production activities is being drawn up by the watchdog, with considerations to include the production of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, ink and plastic film, among others.

It is also seeking to raise work safety standards in the city to push factories to upgrade. Those that fail to comply will face suspension or closure.

The work safety watchdog said it had ordered 906 companies to close and another 7,778 to suspend production and improve in 2015. Such inspections focused on fire, construction, chemical and firework safety as well as dust-producing industries.

The city will pledge 125 million yuan (19.25 million U.S. dollars) to weed out potential safety hazards and modify gasoline stations and gas and chemical pipelines.

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