Industrial Safety in Petroleum and Explosives Sector gets a Big Boost

What is the News?

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has implemented several reforms to ensure Industrial Safety in critical premises such as petroleum installations, explosive manufacturing facilities, cylinder filling and storage premises among others.

Which organization is responsible for Industrial Safety in the Petroleum and Explosives Sector?

​​Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization(PESO) is the nodal agency for regulating the safety of hazardous substances such as explosives, compressed gases and petroleum. 

PESO was formerly known as the Department of Explosives. It is an autonomous body under DPIIT.

PESO’s major work is to administer the responsibilities delegated under the Explosives Act 1884 and Petroleum Act 1934 and the Rules made thereunder related to manufacturing, import, export, transport, possession, sale and use of Explosives, Petroleum products and compressed gases.

Headquarters: PESO has its Headquarters at Nagpur in Maharashtra. It also serves through five Circle Offices at Agra, Chennai, Faridabad, Kolkata & Mumbai.

What are the reforms undertaken by the Government?

The five major areas where the recent reforms have been undertaken to ensure industrial safety are Static & Mobile Pressure Vessels (Unfired) [SMPV(U)], Calcium Carbide, Ammonium Nitrate, Gas Cylinders, Petroleum and Explosives.

The reforms in these areas will enhance public safety as well as reduce the cost of doing business and create an enabling ecosystem for domestic as well as international investors.

Source: This post is based on the articleIndustrial Safety in the Petroleum and Explosives Sector gets a Big Boost published in PIB on 22nd September 2021.

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