The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has approved 10 new standards outlining safe use, storage, transportation, and disposal of Petroleum and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) products.
The new standards provide specifications for LPG mountable burners and cylinder grills used by the 3kg and 6kg LPG domestic cylinders and safe disposal of cylinders found not fit for use.
“Petroleum and LPG products are highly flammable, and, therefore, they need to store, transport, and dispose of them in a safe manner. The new standards aim to safeguard consumers throughout the LPG and other petroleum products supply chain,” said Kebs Managing Director Bernard Njiraini.
Specifications on transportation modes, storage, and distribution, codes of practice for LPG and requirements for road tankers used to transport flammable liquids have been developed.
In the past one year, a total of 44 incidents involving LPG and petroleum tankers overturning and spillages and LPG cylinders were recorded.
Njiraini said that the new standards will help to address the problem of fire disasters due to accidents involving LPG and other petroleum products road tankers overturning on transit and cylinder explosions.