Thailand IEAT updates PSM regulations

The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) published two notifications regarding PSM, process safety management, in the Royal Gazette on 12 July 2021 by virtue of the Industrial Estate Authority …

Philippines, Plastic Pollution Issues

Based on a study by Jambeck et al. (2015), the Philippines ranked third as the world’s greatest plastic waste generator, with the second being Indonesia and China being the first …

China announces legislative plan for 2021

Regulations on groundwater and carbon trading are under consideration

The General Office of China’s State Council on May 27 announced its legislative plan for 2021. The plan contains 18 draft laws to be submitted to the congress as well …

Chemical inventory development in Vietnam

Another Resurrection?

The most important point of the future chemical management system in Vietnam is the development of an inventory for existing chemical substances and the regulations for new chemical substances, but …

Vietnam: New governmental decree on preliminary EIA

On May 21, 2021, Vietnamese government issued the Decree No. 54/2021/ND-CP on Regulations on Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (hereinafter “the Decree”). This Decree stipulates the scope and contents of the …

Indonesia, Occupational Safety and Health

In Indonesia, the number of occupational accidents remains a high level. According to data released by the Social Security Provider (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan), a total of 105,182 occupational accidents had occurred …

Indonesia, Waste management

In general, emerging countries face a problem of increased waste, due to the accelerated material consumption led by economic growth. Indonesia is no exception. In addition to increased municipal waste, …

Indonesia, Soil pollution control

In Indonesia, industrial development has resulted in wide-ranging types of waste from factories and similar facilities, causing environmental pollution and health damage to residents. In particular, hazardous and toxic wastes …

Indonesia, Air Quality Control

The greatest concern for air quality control in Indonesia is the exhaust gas emissions from automobiles and motorcycles. In particular, urban areas including the capital Jakarta face increasingly serious air …

Indonesia, Water Quality Control

Water pollution has become a major problem in Indonesia because wastewater is generally discharged into rivers and lakes directly in the country. This situation is cause by undeveloped sewer systems …

Indonesia, Chemicals Control

Currently Indonesia regulates chemical substances based on their hazards, rather than their risks. The country designates hazardous and toxic substances to be regulated as “B3,” which is an abbreviation in …

Expansion of Labeling and SDS Issuance Obligations in Japan

Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare announced estimated schedule for Expansion of substances subject to labeling and SDS issuance that will require mandatory measures

On February 15, 2021, the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) held a meeting of the Risk Assessment Working Group of the Study Group on the Management of Chemical …

MOE of Japan Starts Study on Water Quality Control of PFHxS

The draft policy for the water quality control of PFHxS is presented against the background of the latest developments in the POPs Convention

On February 26, 2021, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) deliberated on the revision of the environmental standard values for hexavalent chromium and the position of Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS) in the …

Philippines, Water Management

Republic Act No. 9275, An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Water Quality Management and for other Purposes or more widely known as the “Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004” is …

Philippines, Chemical Regulations

Regulation of chemicals and hazardous and nuclear wastes in the Philippines started in 1990 with the passage of Republic Act 6969 (RA 6969), or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and …

Thailand updates the environmental standard for soil

For the first time in 17 yrs

The National Environmental Board of Thailand announced “Notification of the National Environmental Board: Soil Quality Standard” in the Royal Gazette on 11 March 2021. The notification issued under the Enhancement …

Laos guides a safety in chemical storage

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR published the “Decision on the chemical storage No. 0072 / MOIC.DOIC” in the Gazette on 11 February 2021. The Decision sets out …

Taiwan, RoHS

On July 30, 2013, the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs Standards Inspection Bureau released CNS 15663 “Guidance to reduction of the restricted chemical substances in electrical and electronic equipment”, which …

Laos regulates PCB contaminated transformers and wastes

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR established “Decision on the On the Management and Monitoring, Treatment, Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in the Transformer No. 5925/MONRE” on …

Energy Conservation in Indonesia

Energy consumption within Indonesia had continued to increase until 2012 but then started to decline with the deceased energy consumption in Industry and Transportation sectors (See the below Figure). On …