China plans to finish the revision of coal mine safety standards
within three years, said Li Yizhong, director of the State
Administration of Work Safety (SAWS).
"The current safe production standards were worked out a long
time ago and the standard is too old," said Li on Tuesday at the
ceremony marking the establishment of the National Safe Production
Standardization Technical Commission in Beijing.
China aims to set up a safer production standard system by the
year 2010, Li was quoted as saying by the Beijing News on
The founding of the commission indicates that China's efforts to
ensure safer mining is on the correct track, the report said.
The commission, to be led by the State Commission for
Administration of Standardization, will be responsible for drafting
and stipulating standards related to safe production in various
sectors and making timely revisions.
As the world's biggest coal producer and consumer, China has
been plagued by the problem of frequent coal mine accidents in
Last year, 5,938 people were killed in 3,341 coal-mine accidents
(Xinhua News Agency June 29, 2006)