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Industrial safety in petroleum and explosives sector gets boost

New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) Sumita Dawra, Additional Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), on Tuesday said that the department was working on amendments in explosives rules in consultation with stakeholders.

Addressing a press conference, she said the amendment had been done to introduce the concept of Third-Party Inspecting Agency (TPIA) to carry out the work related to certification, testing, inspection and safety audit of the licensed premises.

To increase the number of competent persons to conduct testing and certification, the guidelines on minimum experience required had been reduced from ten years to five years.

To address the urgent need of Oxygen in sufficient quantity at short notice from surplus areas to deficit areas in the wake of COVID 19 pandemic, permission was accorded to ISO containers to move liquid oxygen for domestic transport. Provisions have now been incorporated in the rules to allow transportation of cryogenic compressed gases such as Oxygen, Argon, Nitrogen, LNG etc through ISO Containers in domestic areas. This will help to transport Liquid Oxygen from surplus areas to deficit areas and promote multimodal transportation (by road, rail and waterways) of these gases and reduce the transportation cost as well as time, she said.

To ensure expeditious disposal of applications, the timelines to obtain No Objection Certificate from the district authority has now been specified to two months. In case of failure to dispose the application for NOC in the given time, NOC will be considered deemed to be issued, she said.

The need for submitting application and fees to obtain duplicate license has been eliminated and system generated online copy will be sufficient, she said.

Under Calcium Carbide (Amendment) Rules, 2021, to reduce compliance burden, PESO has increased the validity of license for storage of Calcium Carbide from three years to ten years.

To monitor premises for storage of Calcium Carbide, provision of geo-mapping of the premises has been incorporated in the Rules and will be made available to the concerned state and central authorities while to increase transparency and access to information, amendments have been made to ensure proper records and compliance of storage related information, she said.

Under Ammonium Nitrate (Amendment) Rules, 2021, the amendments include provision for adequate firefighting facilities in storage and handling areas, improvement of flooring in storage and handling area, provision for auction of serviceable seized Ammonium Nitrate and disposal if not fit for use and specification of safety distance from port area has also been prescribed.
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