Audit to avert boiler explosions

ISLAMABAD, Sept 25: The government has issued directives to the ministry of industries for aggressive audit drives to take measures to avert boiler explosions in different industries, it was learnt here.

The energy auditors of National Productivity Organisation of the ministry of industries will carry out the audit, and in this regard, NPO and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) have joined hands towards capacity building of various stakeholders related with boiler operations and maintenance.Senior resource persons of National Centre for Non-Destructive Testing (NCNDT) will provide assistance in various fields, like testing techniques ultrasonic flaw test, magnetic particle testing, ultrasonic thickness measure, liquid (dye) penetrant testing, radiographic testing, hydro pressure testing, remote visual inspection.

The NPO energy auditors’ team has designed tentative dates and stations and will soon be distributed to different regions.

These boiler averting audits and trainings will take place in Peshawar, Multan, Hub, Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Gujranwala and Sialkot.

Due to recent Karachi and Lahore factory fire accidents, NPO team would not only focus on boilers now but will also address Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) in which safety regime would be communicated with factory owners.

These sessions will provide information, guidance, resources and recommendations to help address the requirements of this standard and will manage health and safety more effectively.

According to NPO Chief Executive Officer, Khawaja Mohammad Yousuf, successful energy efficiency audits have been carried out in sectors of textile, steel, plastic, food and beverages and building in which up to 10 to 15 per cent of energy saving potential has been identified in 200 industrial units in the country.

NPO has established Energy and Environment Management Department to provide effective support to public and private sector to tackle energy crises in Pakistan.

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