Submissions on amending the Hazardous Chemicals Rules, 1989 and the Chemical Accidents Rules, 1996

Reports by Vidhi Aid ยท September 27, 2016
Author(s): Debadityo Sinha and Dhvani Mehta

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change recently invited comments from the public on amending the Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals Rules, 1989 and the Chemical Accidents (Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Response) Rules, 1996.

Vidhi submitted a short set of comments focusing on the need to harmonise the Indian regulatory framework with the United Nations Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The comments highlight the need for more specific criteria for classifying chemicals, more detailed labelling requirements and safety data sheets, differentiating responsibilities across different users’ groups of chemicals, and conducting periodic reviews of the risks presented by hazardous substances.

Download the submissions on the Hazardous Chemicals Rules and Chemical Accidents Rules


About Debadityo Sinha:

Debadityo is a Senior Resident Fellow in Vidhi Aid. At Vidhi, he is working on air pollution regulations and environmental clearance process in India. He graduated in 2009 with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Zoology from the University of Delhi, and thereafter in 2012, completed M.Sc. (Tech.) in Environmental Science and Technology from Banaras Hindu University. Before joining Vidhi, Debadityo has worked with the Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment as Program Officer and has also done independent projects on environment and wildlife protection in collaboration with WWF-India and Environment Equity and Justice Partnership. He is founder and trustee of Vindhyan Ecology and Natural History Foundation, Board Member of EKOenergy network and is a recipient of Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship.


About Dhvani Mehta:

Dhvani is a Senior Resident Fellow in Vidhi Aid. She has supervised research projects on the functioning of the National Green Tribunal, on grievance redressal mechanisms at public health establishments, and on the withdrawal of medical treatment from terminally-ill patients. She has assisted the Indian Council of Medical Research with regulatory reform on clinical trials and has provided legal research and drafting assistance to the Ranjit Roy Chaudhury Expert Committee constituted to suggest reforms to the Medical Council of India. Dhvani has a D.Phil in Law from Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Her doctorate explores the idea of an environmental rule of law in the Indian context and analyses the role of the legislature, executive and judiciary in strengthening or weakening it. Dhvani also has an M.Phil and BCL from Oxford and a B.L.S; LL.B from Government Law College, University of Mumbai.