About 100 stakeholders in the gasoline retail sector in the Ahafo Region on Monday benefited from an afternoon’s capability construction on well being and protection precautionary measures at Goaso, the regional capital.
They integrated gasoline filling station house owners, common manag-ers and pump attendants and a bit of the general public.
It used to be organised by means of the En-vironmental Protection Agency with members taken thru subjects reminiscent of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) on the gasoline filling stations, protection symbols, hazards and injuries, chance man-agement and efficient buyer – employee dating.
The Ahafo Regional Director of EPA, Dr Jackson Adiyiah Nyantakyi, in a presentation mentioned human shops had been uncovered to all kinds of dangers, which result-ed in lack of human lives and houses, thus the desire for the learning workshop.
He famous that hazards at gasoline retail issues integrated fuelling a automobile whilst the engine used to be on, smoking round a tank farm, making telephone calls and charging of digital units round dispensers, leaked tank and bare electrical twine.
Dr Nyantakyi mentioned that gasoline station trade had grow to be profitable as costs of oil stored in-creasing however the emerging selection of explosions at filling stations in the rustic posed a significant fear to citizens.
“The June 3, 2015 Accra explosion which killed about 154 people still lingers in the minds of Ghanaians. There is the need to be constantly watchful and careful. Safety protocols must be strictly observed,” he added.
The regional director indicated that chance actions at gasoline stations resulted in fireplace outbreaks, air, floor water and land pollutions, flooding, lack of human lives and theft occurrence amongst others.
He urged house owners of gasoline filling stations to verify the stern enforcement of using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), prevention of rodents and noise air pollution on the station and correct waste control.
Dr Nyantakyi wired that “you must stick to the colour code, where red represent gaso-line, green stands for high octane gasoline, light -blue for kerosene, black for Ago and yellow for high octane Ago, in order to prevent accidents”.
He suggested the executives of the Ahafo Fuel Retailers Association (AFRA) to accentuate sensitisation and consciousness advent, strength-en supervision, recruit robust other people and make sure protection proto-cols on the gasoline stations.
The regional director warned that the licence of gasoline stations who breached well being and protection measures at their premises, would now not be renewed coupled with different punishment announcing that “prevention is always better than cure.”
Mr Stephen Boateng, the Chairman of AFRA, on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked the EPA for his or her regimen inspection and coaching workshop, including that “we will strictly adhere to all health and safety measures at our stations.”
Author: Ghanaian Times