Safer chemistry after Tianjin

The devastating fires and explosions at a shipping yard in the Chinese port city of Tianjin on August 12, 2015, killed at least 160 people, injured more than 700 and destroyed buildings and cars for kilometres around, says a report in Chemistry World. Mark Peplow, writing in the Royal Society of Chemistry's flagship publication, suggests that the gross violation of safety regulations and corruption were to blame. Peplow points out that Tianjin not only starkly illustrates safety problems in China, but also has a detrimental effect on the public perception of the chemical industry worldwide. He says that change could take a generation but wherever students study, whether Beijing or Boston, those destined to become industry leaders of the future, "must be trained to see process safety as a core part of their jobs, and to understand the dreadful consequences of flouting safety protocols."