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EPRA enhances petroleum products safety in Machakos 

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The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has called on petroleum products retailers in Machakos County to ensure they operate within the safety standards as prescribed in the law.

The authority on Tuesday conducted a safety and security public sensitization on energy and petroleum matters with National Government security administration teams from Machakos and Athi River with the aim of boosting compliance in the region.

The workshop focused on electricity and petroleum surveillance, compliance, and enforcement which is to be enhanced through collaboration betwen the two bodies.

Consequently, the security teams were briefed on safety measures outlined in the LPG regulations 2019, including tracking cylinders throughout the distribution chain to enhance accountability and traceability.

According to EPRA, LPG retailers and cylinder transporters are required by regulations to obtain licenses from the Authority. These regulations also ensure consumer insurance against gas-related accidents.

Furthermore, LPG retailers must issue receipts for each cylinder sold, enhancing safety and accountability along the supply chain.

Additionally the workshop sought to establish a framework for sustainable and clean energy initiatives in both sectors.

This reflects the Authority’s ongoing commitment to increasing public awareness, enforcing regulations, and safeguarding consumers from energy and petroleum malpractices.

EPRA Deputy Director for Public Education and Advocacy Anne Kiprotich said such initiatives are key in ensuring safety and compliance in handling petroleum products. The authority also seeks to prevent injuries and property losses emanating from LPG and electricity.

“We must ensure safety and compliance when dealing with petroleum products, LPG and electricity to prevent injuries, loss of life, and property,” Kiprotich said.

“This is why we are conducting this capacity-building today in Athi River & Machakos Town. We are replicating these sensitisations across the week within various constituencies with Machakos County,” she added.

According to Kiprotich, this initiative ensures compliance with policies, guidelines, and regulations to mitigate risks associated with LPG malpractices, illegal electricity connections, unsafe handling of petroleum products, and solar PV system installations.

Timothy Kanyi
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