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Setting standards in the way
business is conducted and the
way goods are produced is now
more urgent than ever in a
world where energy prices are
low and T&T needs to restruc-
ture its economy in the long run, says Theodore
Reddock, executive director of the T&T Bureau
of Standards (TTBS).
"Things are always changing and standards
can be written to suit changing circumstances.
So the TTBS will have to re-write the script
in line with the new realities we are facing in
T&T. Maybe a world that will always in the
future have low oil and gas prices, depleting
oil and gas supplies from the resources that
we have always enjoyed. A limited non-petro-
leum economy which have not yet developed
to a point of being able to replace our traditional
economy," he said.
Reddock was speaking last week on World
Standards Day at the T&T Bureau of Standards
at Century Drive on the Trincity Industrial
He said better industrial standards in the
economy would lead to less wastage.
"All of these points must tell us that we
need to look at the applications of standards
to a much greater degree to reduce industrial
and construction waste. There should be no
construction waste so a building is built once
and not two or three times because we did
not get it right the first time. This is to ensure
export-ready industries. If what you make
cannot satisfy any standards, who is going to
use it? That is also to produce market pen-
etration of T&T s goods abroad and also to
improve competition against imported goods
locally. Nowadays you do not have to leave
your country for competition from abroad,"
He said over the years, people have learnt
that hard times are good times for imple-
"When the money is rolling in, people do
not hear very much. The TTBS will be involved
in the promotion of standards and standard-
isation, improved relationships with the stake-
holders who can apply standards to national
processes and we would want to spend time
improving the quality of our processes to
ensure that our product can also serve the
national community," he said.
Errol Rampaul, head of standardisation divi-
sion at the TTBS, who gave a presentation on
different sectors of the national economy at
the event, said in the oil and gas sector the
TTBS needs to do "more work."
He gave examples from different sectors of
the country that the TTBS is working with to
ensure that proper standards give them a com-
"In the area of oil and gas, our major stake-
holders would be the Ministry of Energy,
Petrotrin, National Gas Company (NGC) and
the Energy Chamber. The Government has
been on a thrust to promote CNG as the alter-
nate fuel of choice and we are engaged right
now in finalising the standard for the systems
that would go into the vehicles. That is nearing
completion and should be out in the next cal-
He spoke about the explosion in Maraval
on February where 11 people were injured and
one manager subsequently died.
The explosion was blamed on a gas leak
while an LPG truck was supplying gas to a
restaurant. Hurry Kurry, Burger King and El
Pecos were damaged in the incident.
"There was the explosion at El Pecos and
it came to our attention that there was a need
there. We spoke to the Ministry of Energy and
they are doing a regulation. We will do a stan-
dard that can be used as a reference in the
regulation to put structure in terms of reg-
ulating that industry," he said.
He said dimethyl ether (DME) and DME/liq-
uid petroleum gas (LPG) are new products on
the market worldwide.
"DME is a new fuel coming into the market
basically to be utilised from natural gas. So
there is a plant in La Brea with Mitsubishi,
and other local investors that are committed
to this. We have been asked to do a standard
for DME and Japan is the only country that
we are aware of that has that standard and
they have put it to ISO to be used as an inter-
national standard. About two to three months
ago, that standard was published so we may
have the opportunity to adopt it. We have
been asked to do a standard for DME and LPG
as a mixture and it can be used as a vehicular
fuel. There are a couple vehicles on trial right
now in the country using this particular fuel
blend," he said.
He also said DME is supposed to replace
cooking gas and there are some advantages to
that and the bureau has been asked to look
at a standard for this particular blend.
"There is no existing standard worldwide
and we will look at those who are doing
research and development phase," he said.
He said they have established a number of
standards in the health, safety and security
"We have done some standards in contractor
safety and risk assessment standards. We need
to engage some more with the OSH agency as
there are some changes happening there ever
so often and we need to strengthen that rela-
tionship," he said.
He also referred to commercial diving which
is important in the oil and gas industry as it
deals with people doing underwater welding.
"We are hoping to showcase these standards
at the January conference that the Energy
Chamber holds every year," he said.
In the electric industry he spoke about stan-
dards for electrical wiring codes.
"It exists as a three-part code, the low voltage
is part one which has been revised and is wait-
ing on the Board for approval. Part two which
is high voltage comes right after that," he said.
He also spoke about standards in construc-
tion which include Ordinary Portland Cement
(OPC) and blended cement, pre-painted roofing
sheets, hollow clay blocks, concrete blocks and
reinforced steel bars.
In the areas of renewable energy, the Bureau
of Standards is looking at developing standards
in the area of photovoltaic modules, compact
fluorescent lights (CFL), light-emitting diode
(LED) bulbs and solar water heaters.
In the area of tourism, the institution intends
to work with stakeholders to develop standards
in sites and attractions, tour guides, hotels,
diving and steelpan.
Minister of Trade and
from right enjoys a
moment with one of the
founding members of
staff of the T&T Bureau
of Standers (TTBS)
second from left. Also in
the photo is the acting
Reddock, left, and the
chairman, board of
directors, TTBS, Puran
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