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Ms. Hu Yuhong, Deputy DG of National Center for International Cooperation in Work Safety, SAWS, China(NCICS), has shared key information on China’s OSH situation, OSH polices and market potential on 19th Oct at A+A in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Ms. Hu introduced the challenges and opportunities in OSH as well as policies to facilitate the development of OSH industry in China at the beginning.
The Chinese government has been making tremendous efforts in pushing forward law-based governance of OSH, the application of technologies in strengthening OSH and the development of safeguard capacity, which has contributed to the continuous improvement of OSH situation in China. However, China, still in the fast pace of industrialization and urbanization, faces many daunting challenges in OSH. Accidents happen quite frequently. The occurrence of extraordinarily serious accidents is not well taken care of yet.
However, what is noteworthy is that there are many favorable conditions and opportunities for OSH. The Chinese government attaches great importance to OSH. Safety awareness, competency and awareness for rule of law of the general public are improving. Social atmosphere for safe development has been optimized.
China pays much attention to the development of OSH industry. To enhance safeguard capacity and cultivate new impetus for economic growth, the Chinese government has promulgated a series of polices to support OSH industry.
In July 2010, the need for fostering OSH industry was prescribed for the first time in the Notice of Strengthening Work Safety by the State Council; In October 2011, the 12th Five-Year Plan on Work Safety further clarified the industrial policies to foster OSH industry. In November 2011, the Opinions on Adhering to Scientific and Safe Development, Facilitating Continuous Improvement of OSH Situation by the State Council, once again regarded OSH industry as one of the key strategic industries entitled to support at state level.
In August 2012, the Guidance on Facilitating the Development of OSH Industry, jointly issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the State Administration of Work Safety, required that OSH industry should be supported as a national strategic industry. Support to the development and application of safety technologies, products and services should be enhanced. Foreign investment in domestic OSH industry should be encouraged.
In December 2014, the Opinions on Facilitating the Development of Emergency Response Industry by the General Office of the State Council clarified that emergency response industry should be further developed, to improve the competitiveness of emergency response technologies and equipment. Companies adopting advanced technologies and services from abroad are encouraged. Multinational companies are encouraged to establish research centers in China. Foreign capital is encouraged to invest in emergency response-related industries.
Ms. Hu Yuhong, Deputy DG of National Center for International Cooperation in Work Safety, SAWS, China (NCICS)
In January 2017, the General Office of the State Council issued the 13th Five-Year Plan on Work Safety, requiring the continuous development of pilot zones for safety industry. Polices on conversion of technologies into practices will be made. NCICS will also establish platforms for converting safety technologies and incubators for innovation.
Key work on safety technologies during the 13th Five-Year Plan period and in the long run includes:：
First, NCICS will conduct special campaign aiming to use mechanization to replace people and IT technologies to reduce people. For coal mines, mechanization will be promoted in coal extraction and roadway advancing. Intelligent visual control technologies are encouraged to be used at coal faces.
For metal and non-metal mines, mechanization will be enhanced in rock drilling, explosives loading, support, removal and transport. For chemical industry, key technologies on fast blocking of leaks and portable multi-component gas detectors etc. will be promoted.
Second, NCICS will vigorously promote “Internet plus safety technology” strategy by establishing technology conversion platforms, and accelerating the application of IT technologies and internet systems.
Third, NCICS will help companies to build their capacity in safety technology innovation, particularly for SMEs.
Fourth, NCICS will establish an industrial system, an investment and financing system featured by “internet plus intelligent safety”. Some of the technologies and equipment NCICS focus on are in relation to monitoring and alarming, protection, emergency response, technical service, safety supervision and law enforcement.
Emergency response technologies and equipment are key components of safety technologies.
During the 12th Five-Year Plan period, China invested more than 3.7 billion RMB to support 68 national emergency response teams in outfitting advanced equipment to respond to serious accidents.
In September 2017, the 13th Five-Year Plan on Emergency Response Management was issued. It is stipulated in the Plan that China will upgrade the equipment of national emergency rescue teams by using professional equipment that are advanced, reliable, mobile and adaptable. NCICS will provide better rescue vehicles, detection and search devices, rescue equipment for key local rescue teams and teams affiliated with companies. NCICS will push ahead emergency response industry by establishing pilot national emergency response bases.
Key demands for emergency response equipment in the 13th Five-Year Plan period and in the long-run are as follows.
Key emergency response equipment for hazardous chemicals and oil and gas transmission pipelines: firefighting robots, devices for simulation, testing and evaluation of emergency drills, PPE for rescuers, on-site communication and command devices.
Mine rescue equipment: submersible pump, search and location devices for trapped personnel, wireless communications systems.
Emergency Rescue Platform: monitor, management and distribution by satellite communication, integrated emergency response commanding and communication system using drones, mobile platforms and apps.
Key technologies and equipment in emergency rescue include accidents prediction, alarming and response technologies, emergency safeguard technologies etc.
China has become a major force in spearheading economic recovery in the world in the past few years. China has maintained medium-high economic growth and its comprehensive national power and international influence have improved notably.
In recent years, China’s PPE companies have made huge progress. A large number of companies with annual output value exceeding 100 million RMB have emerged. In 2015, there were nearly 10000 PPE production companies in China with 120 billion RMB output value in total. China’s PPE market will grow into a high-end market driven by technology from the current low-end market featured by intensive labour.
According to statistics, the total output value of emergency response-related products and services amounted to 1000 billion RMB in 2013.
In July 2017, the Action Plan for Cultivating China’s Emergency Response Industry(2017-2019) was promulgated. It has included some components of emergency response industry in the category targeted by foreign investment. The Plan also states that China will encourage renowned foreign companies to establish research and production bases in China. It will support regional prefectures to develop international cooperation bases for emergency response industry.
With the full implementation of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, China’s safety industry has embraced new chapters for development. There is high demand for China’s safety industry in countries along the Belt and Road and countries in SE Asia. China will strengthen cooperation with these countries to push China’s safety products, technologies and standards going global. In the meantime, NCICS welcome companies from abroad to establish research and production bases in China and explore Chinese markets.
The Chinese government and companies are increasing safety investment, which will give rise to growing demands for professional products and services in safety. There is huge market potential in China’s safety industry.
MS. Hu also introduced China International Forum on Work Safety and China International OSH exhibition.
The Forum and Exhibition, hosted by the State Administration of Work Safety, P. R. China and the International Labour Organization(ILO), has a history of 16 years. Top leaders from the ILO and the Chinese government have delivered speeches in the Forum and visited the Exhibition.
The floor area of China International OSH Exhibition increased from 5500m2 in 2002 when the event was held for the first time to 22000m2 at its 8th edition in 2016. The number of exhibitors increased from 130 in 2002 to 280 in 2016, and the number of visitors from 10000 in 2002 to 20126 in 2016. Major exhibitors include Honeywell, Dupont, 3M, Draeger, MSA, Industrial Scientific and Lakeland etc.
As of today, China International OSH Exhibition has become the largest exhibition of this kind in Asia, showcasing advanced OSH technologies, equipment and solutions. It provides a platform for international business cooperation in PPE that connects upstream and downstream sectors.
The 9th China International Forum on Work Safety and China International OSH Exhibition (COS+H) will take place from September 4-6 in 2018 in Beijing, which will continue to provide holistic OSH solutions for markets and industries. It will showcase latest safety technologies, products and trends. NCICS look forward to your participation.