The petrochemical industry
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
outbreak that ravaged the Elton Oil Brikama filling station and by extension
shops around the station has raised concerns about the safety precautions that
should be observed by such facilities. The recent proliferation of petrol
stations particularly in the Greater Banjul Area and West Coast Region is of
course a welcome development. Such a development would ensure the steady flow
of our economy which largely relies on transport as cars and vehicles can
easily stop off for refilling and continue business as usual.
there must be due regard for the health safety and environmental standards in
the construction and operation of a petrol station.Outside this, such facilities would only become sources of
constant havoc and pain. The Brikama Elton fire incident should therefore serve
as a wakeup call for all the other petrol stations. Safety and standards must
be given maximum consideration at such facilities.
It is in
this light that we welcome the media dispatch from the Ministry of Petroleum
that from now on all downstream petroleum businesses including the construction
and operation of petrol stations, refineries, liquefy petroleum gas facilities,
petroleum storage depots and any other petrochemical industry would be
licensed. In so doing, the Ministry would ensure that safety and standards are
in place and that the petrochemical industry also delivers quality services to
While we applaud the Ministry for the
initiative, we reiterate once again that it is also fundamental that those in
the petrochemical business, particularly the petrol stations adhere strictly to
the safety precautions of their business. Petrol stations must be no smoking
zones, motor engines and mobile phones must be switched off at all times, fire
extinguishers must be strategically positioned in case of unexpected fire
outbreaks. There also has to be in place an effective emergency alert unit.
Just like any other business, the petrochemical business has to be safe and sound for not only its workers but also the consumers. It is through such that we can get the best out of the industry.
Author: Daily Observer