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:

Dr. Dhvani Mehta {B.L.S. LL.B. (University of Mumbai); BCL, D.Phil (Oxon)} is a Senior Resident Fellow and Team Lead of the Vidhi Aid initiative, where she works on environmental and health regulation, medical ethics and the right to education. She has worked specifically on research projects on environmental clearances, the National Green Tribunal, organ transplant laws, end of life care, and pharmaceutical and medical device regulation. She has appeared in the Supreme Court of India in petitions filed by Vidhi on advance medical directives and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy. She has authored chapters on the implementation of environmental judgments and healthcare corruption in India. Dhvani read for a doctoral degree at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where she was Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico and an editor of the Oxford Human Rights Hub blog. Her doctoral thesis explores the idea of an environmental rule of law in India and was cited by the Supreme Court of India.