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Industrial Safety

METI implements proper management of potential risks involved in industrial activities and takes measures to ensure public safety.

In the field of industrial safety, METI implements regulations on industrial facilities according to their characteristics. Such facilities include those for handling high pressure gas and explosives, electric power plants and utility gas facilities, and mines. While taking into account the different types of risks arising from the respective facilities, METI endeavors to prevent occurrences of disasters and accidents.

Safety of electricity

  • In an effort to ensure public safety, in accordance with the Electricity Business Act, METI regulates the construction, maintenance, and operation of electric facilities by stipulating technical standards and examining construction plans and licensee's inspection mechanisms implemented by the entities that establish such facilities.
  • In order to prevent occurrences of disasters that may be caused by inappropriate electric work, METI stipulates the qualifications and obligations of technicians engaged in electric work and implements regulations on the electric work business through the registration of business operators.
  • In accordance with the Electricity Business Act and the Environmental Impact Assessment Act, entities applying for the construction of electric power plants are required to assess the environmental impact of the construction in advance, and the government reviews the assessment results so that proper consideration will be given to environmental conservation.

Contact:

Electric Power Safety Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group
TEL +81-3-3501-1742

Safety of mines

  • METI's Regional Industrial Safety and Inspection Departments conduct audits and inspections of mines for the purpose of ensuring the safety of mine workers and protecting the environments surrounding mines .
  • In order to prevent mine pollution that may be caused by hazardous wastewater discharged from metal mines, METI provides support for the reliable and sustainable treatment of mine drainage under the mine pollution prevention fund program as well as for mine pollution control projects carried out by local governments.
  • METI also makes efforts in technical assistance to promote the transfer of sophisticated coal mine safety technologies, which Japan has developed over many years, to coal producing countries in Asia.

Contact:

Mine Safety and Explosives Control Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group
TEL +81-3-3501-1870

Safety of explosives

Contact:

Mine Safety and Explosives Control Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group
TEL +81-3-3501-1870

Safety of utility gas

  • With the goal of completely eliminating fatal gas accidents by 2020, the "Gas Safety Enhancement Plan" provides that all parties concerned, namely, the government, gas business operators, consumers, and other relevant entities, should work together to ensure the safety of utility gas.

    METI hopes for the understanding and cooperation of the public toward achieving the goal of "zero gas accidents."

  • In order to prevent disasters that may be caused by utility gas, METI implements various regulations on business operators under the Gas Business Act.

    Specifically, in an effort to prevent occurrences of gas accidents, such as carbon monoxide intoxication, METI implements a licensing system for ensuring the proper installation of exhaust pipes for gas boilers. To protect gas pipes from being damaged by engineering work other than gas piping work, METI also posts caution messages in newspapers/magazines, as well as on its website.

  • With the objective of preventing disasters that may be caused by utility gas and protecting the public from such disasters, METI endeavors to ensure gas safety by implementing reasonable regulations on gas business operators by encouraging them to carry out voluntary safety activities under the Gas Business Act.

    METI also conducts on-site inspections to examine the details of such voluntary safety activities and the status of legal compliance.

Contact:

Gas Safety Office, Industrial Safety Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group
TEL +81-3-3501-4032

Safety of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)

  • For the purpose of protecting general consumers from LPG accidents, METI requires LPG dealers to comply with standard sales methods, conform to the technical standards for gas cylinders and other gas supply equipment as well as gas consumption equipment, and take safety measures.
  • By conducting periodic on-site inspections of LPG dealers, METI examines the status of their legal compliance and conformity to technical standards, and issues instructions for improvement if the inspection results fail to meet the required level.
  • METI instructs LPG dealers to upgrade their internal safety systems and carries out programs to raise awareness among general consumers of their responsibility for ensuring the safety of gas consumption equipment, from gas meter outlets to combusting equipment.

Contact:

Gas Safety Office, Industrial Safety Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group
TEL +81-3-3501-1672

Safety of high pressure gas and gas complexes

  • With regard to the handling of high pressure gas, METI operates a permission system for producing high pressure gas and requires the inspection of facilities upon construction and on a periodic basis, while respecting voluntary safety activities carried out by business operators, thereby examining the status of their conformity to technical standards and ensuring public safety.
  • For public safety, METI also conducts inspections of high pressure gas cylinders and dangerous large gas storage tanks upon production or importation.
  • METI imposes stricter rules for safety management on sites handling gas located within industrial complexes than it does on ordinary sites and regulates the layout of facilities within such complexes for public safety.

Contact:

High Pressure Gas Safety Office, Industrial Safety Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group
TEL +81-3-3501-1706

Safety of District Heating and Cooling

  • District heating and cooling systems supply hot and cold water and steam produced at a central plant to buildings and houses in the district via a pipeline network.

    Such systems form area energy networks with the use of the heat sources available within each district, or more specifically, applying not only gas and electricity but also waste heat recovered and energy from the temperature difference of river water, etc.

    In order to prevent disasters that may be caused by district heating and cooling, and to protect the public from such disasters, METI endeavors to ensure safety by implementing reasonable regulations on business operators while encouraging them to carry out voluntary safety activities.

  • For safety in district heating and cooling, METI conducts on-site inspections to examine the status of legal compliance.

Contact:

Gas Safety Office, Industrial Safety Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group
TEL +81-3-3501-4032

 
Last updated:2017-07-26
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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