The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has begun a surveillance exercise of all Gas Cylinders and Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) containers throughout the country.
The Plateau State Coordinator of SON, Mr George Musa, said that the aim of the exercise was to check for operation permits and certification of all cylinders/LPG containers.
According to him, the exercise would to withdrawal of substandard, uncertified and expired local or imported cooking gas cylinder/LPG vessels from circulation.
Musa disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a workshop held to sensitise the public on the hazards of using such containers as well as issue safety tips on its usage in other to avoid incidents.
He said, “The root causes of cooking gas cylinders/LPG vessels explosions or accidents, with its collateral damage are traceable to inadequate public awareness and poor knowledge on quality requirements, manufacture/fabrication failures, handling, storage and sharp practices in business/trade, as it relates to purity of cooking gas , volume/weight and expiry dates among other reasons.”
The coordinator said that SON partnered with the the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other agencies in the surveillance drive.
“Also, we are in partnership with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to ensure that LP Gas plants storage vessels, cooking gas/LPG cylinders, stoves, regulators and other equipment are certified based on the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) quality and safety requirements before distribution to markets and consumers,” he further stated.
The State coordinator reiterated the agency’s determination to ensure standardisation, with its focal point being on cooking gas cylinders/LPG gas storage containers, skid stations and other pressure storage containers.
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