A prime ministerial order stating the conditions for handling, storing and transporting gas cylinders has been issued by the Head of Government, Philemon Yang. The order signed on 26th May 2015 was made public on the 31st August 2015. The edict clearly states the conditions under which cooking gas can be handled, stored and transported.
According to this edict, any person handling gas cylinders must be trained either by the supplier or any recognised body. The said person is expected to put on protective gloves and shoes and to roll with his feet in the absence of a carriage. The edict further states that gas cylinders should be stored standing, loose or in pallets and kept in a spacious environment by licensed or authorized persons.
At the level of transportation, the Ministerial Decree insists that security measures must be strictly considered. Vehicles transporting gas cylinders are supposed to be spacious and having fire extinguishers. The transportation of gas cylinders to filling or redistribution centres shall hence forth be done only by trucks. Suppliers of cylinder gas are expected to apply the set-up rules within 24 months from the date of signature.
This decree comes after many deadly fire incidents have been registered by the country as a result of the poor handling of domestic gas.