CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS (EPPR) RULES, 1996
vast number of Chemicals are in use at present and they pose vital threat to the
environment and mankind, unless handled and managed in proper way, and hence the
Govt. of India has Rules under title Chemical Accidents (Emergency planning,
Preparedness and response) Rules, 1996 framed to effectively deal with
Chemical emergency. The prime features of these rules are as follows:
- The Central Govt. shall constitute a Central
to deal with
various aspects of the rule.
- Functions of Central
Crisis Group are also defined.
- The State Govt. is to constituted State
which shall be the
apex body in the State to deal with major Chemical accidents and to provide
expert guidance for handling major chemical accidents.
- Functions of the State
Crisis Group are also defined in the rules.
- Provision of District
Crisis Group, to be headed by
District Collector and their functions,
Crisis Group, to be headed by S.D.M. along with their functions, are there in the
- The major accident hazard installations in the industrial pockets in the
district shall aid, assist and facilitate functioning of District and Local
- A list of Hazardous Chemicals is also defined in the rules.
- In Madhya Pradesh, the State Crises Group has already been constituted
under the Chairmanship of State Chief Secretary and all the 61 district also
have the District Crises Groups, headed by District Collectors, to meet any
Chemical emergencies / accidents.