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The Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs) has launched the 3rd edition of its safety week celebration to ensure the protection of lives and properties. It is also to highlight the implementation of policies that would improve performance in the industry across the country.
The launching brought together stakeholders to deliberate on safety measures that can help avoid the unnecessary destruction of lives and properties.
Speaking on the theme “Leveraging Technology and Compliance to Assure Safety at the Retail Outlet,” the chief Executive of AOMCs, Kwaku Agyemang Duah, outlined measures and policies put in place to enhance the safeties of lives and properties at the various petro stations.
He indicated that over the period, the association has raised the standard of operations in accordance with that of the regulator, National Fire Service (NFS) and the Town and Country planners to end the disasters that occur without adequate measures at various refilling sites across the country.
“We have upgraded the standards of our operations in line with the regulator, Fire Service and others and as well improved on the informal peer review with logistics in place,” he stated.
Agyeman Duah explained that the AOMCs is working assiduously with stakeholders to attain zero degree of injuries, as per the association’s rules and regulations. He again indicated that the industry has adopted a new technology in addressing the unfortunate disasters.
“We have adopted training mechanisms for all employees to improve the safety measures because our business is not only to make profit but to ensure safety of lives and properties.” he noted.
The Chief Executive of National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Alhassan Tampuni commended the association for taking bold steps to educate the public on safety measures concerning oil and gas in the country.
According to him, in order to improve the safety measures, the NPA has undertaken some activities to actualize the aim such as intensifying the safety mechanism to ensure compliance and sanctioning companies that failed to comply.
“We will strictly intensify the safety mechanisms that any company that failed to comply would be sanctioned by imposition of fines, according to the law,” he hinted.
Alhassan Tampuni explained further that the country is currently having under his control about 115 and 42 licensed Oil and LPG Marketing Companies with about 4000 retail outlets, indicating about 4 percent growth in the industry.
The Chief Executive said risk assessment conducted nationwide indicated that majority of the LPG refilling plants are categorized as high risk, hence, pending the full rolled out of cylinder circulation module as communicated to all LPG marketing companies in the country.
“All shortcomings identified has been communicated to the respective companies for rectification,” he emphasized.
He also revealed that NPA in collaboration with the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Road Safety Limited have developed a modules for training and certification of drivers of OMCs in accordance with Road Traffic regulations, 2012, Legislative Law(LI) 2180.
The Chief Executive further announced that as a means of raising the bar in the standard of operations among petroleum service providers, the NPA is embarking on a project to face out the resaler outlets, popularly known as “gaugau” operating in country.
“It is therefore the primary responsibility of all OMCs and LPG marketing companies that the facilities are safe and in compliance with all regulations,” he stated
The event was attended by industry players and stakeholders and sponsored by Afritech Solutions, Stark Energy, Bidi Group, Care 24, Elarflex, Universal Engineering, among others.
Source: Eric Nii Sackey