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Mar 14, 2011

Bureau of Standards very serious about passing gas standards

So just how will the Bureau of Standards implement the recommendations?  First of all, there isn’t even a set of quality standards to go by in Belize.  But Director of the Bureau, Jose Trejo, says while it will not be an overnight fix, they are serious about getting things done right.

Jose Trejo, Director, Belize Bureau of Standards

“The industry needs standards. So looking at the cylinders, the mixtures, the storage capacities, the distribution, the safety more importantly is what we are looking at. So we expect that they will charter a road map for us as to how we need to approach it; what are the immediate, what are the medium term and long term issues that we need to take into consideration.”

Marion Ali

Jose Trejo

“Now with your unit so very short staffed, understaffed and lack of resources, how will you ensure, how can you ensure john public that listen when you buy a cylinder of butane you are not be cheated?”

Jose Trejo

“Well the regulatory arms that we work with will have to assist us in trying to monitor the market. The safety issue is one that for example the department of the environment and the police department which is responsible for the dangerous goods act—those departments will have to with the Bureau leading the charge, assist us with it. Government will assist us in putting more staff for the bureau and providing the capital finances for us to invest in necessary equipment that we will need for the LPG industry.”

Marion Ali

“How long do you see it will take before everything pans out?”

Jose Trejo

“Well the standard development process is a lengthy one. Like I said, we hope to have a phase approach—dealing with the immediate issues. I think that in the in the first phase, we want to ensure that the safety issues are addressed with some urgency. So it will take some time. I cannot say definitively that by the end of this year, we will have industry standards across the board, but it will take time.”

Trejo says that companies found in breach of the regulations can be either fined or confined or both.

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3 Responses for “Bureau of Standards very serious about passing gas standards”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    We hope THAT THEY ARE NOT just PASSING GAS…………………..


    Setting a standard is important in any business, but without the right sources to aid in setting a good standard, then you are already defeated. This business is nothing new, and people lives were always at high risk of something going insanely wrong. Now even after all these years the people still have to wait another few years to feel safe and protected. Good luck with this.

  3. javier solis says:

    Tell you what, many of those butane families have been robbing the people so long. I know the family from the north who spread west, the one protesting the use of scales, they are very dishonest. Very very. Stinking rich now becasue of the dirty meters they use. all that goes up must come down.

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