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NEED FOR FIXING: SAFE PRACTICES

Published on 23rd October 2010

26/11 was probably greatest sad moment when our countrymen realized that our Security is so fragile that any body can enter into our country with so much Explosives and cause destruction and our whole security failed.

This realization only happened as this time it was attack on country’s high profile areas – TAJ, OBEROI. Had it happened in local trains or other public places as in past public outcry would have made it an inquiry commission and take it as most common incidence. Media this time made it BIG STORY and matter came to highlight.

Sumitra started in the year 2000 with sole aim- LET US TRANSPORT ATLEAST HAZARDOUS GASES AND CHEMICALS IN GOOD FAITH.

Can we not equate High Risk Transportation Equipments posing high risks on road as INDIAN “Terrorists” created by INDIAN moving all times on Road and posing similar hazards which can result in mass destructions? Only difference since it will not create hazard in HIGH PROFILE PLACES but only on roads so can be ignored as mere road accident.

Current levels of safety in Hazardous Gases and Chemical Transportation businesses exists only in Licenses granted to such Motor Vehicles which are stamped and signed based on responsible documentation by many Agencies and Unsafe Practices being adopted by Industrials Manufacturers well and hard negotiated by semi illiterate Transporters who command prices and buy for themselves bundle of problems but they get personal Economical Gains and are well protected by established documentation.

What is the risk involved with “Fears” if-

Proper Steel is not used – say instead of SA516 Gr70 if IS2062 Grade St52 is used?
Radiography of Weld Joints is not carried but certified?
Tanker is not Stressed Relived?

How big or serious is Threat?

There is no Commercial Audit of Designs but Commercial Competition is working in good speed. Competition took away all good manufacturers as they opted out and entered into Auto LPG, Storage Tank businesses than Competing with Competition.

Commercial cost difference of at least Rs.1.0 Lac per Tanker can be made due to these practices.

Stability Ratio in present Tanker is required to have Stability Ratio less than 1.0 against 0.90 being recommended and accepted now for New Design Approvals. However in Old Tankers all Calculations proved with dimension filled on Drawings/Papers fulfilling requirements and was approved. But practically there is no Check.

New Tankers are still being manufactured with Stability Ratio (on paper even less than One) but New proposals need to submit “calculations” of less than 0.90. Old Drawings are not withdrawn.

Our own Public Sector Oil Companies very well know the Safety Risks but inform what can they do? As it is well documented and Licensed Vehicle duly stamped by Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization and Motor Vehicle Department has duly registered and granted Road Worthiness Fitness Certificate.

OISD has designed Refineries to be most safe but what about Outside Equipments entering there?

Then how to overcome these situations? NEED FOR FIXING : SAFE PRACTICES.

Let us Transport Atleast Hazardous Gases/Chemicals in Good Faith!

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