Members of the public may be curious about how hazardous substances such as petroleum, petroleum products, flammable liquid gases, hazardous production materials, flammable liquids, combustible liquids, compressed gases, flammable gases, highly volatile liquids and hazardous industrial gases are tested in the Cayman Islands, which conducts the tests and sets the testing standards. Well, the simple answer is that the Fuel Standards Committee and the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (Ofreg) are involved in the process.

The Fuel Standards Committee and its responsibilities

As for the Fuel Standards Committee, under the Hazardous Substances Act it is made up of the Chief Fuel Inspector (who chairs), the Director of the Department of Environmental Health, the Director of Environment , the Director of the Water Authority or his nominee and a secretary appointed by the Chief Executive of OfReg.

The Fuel Standards Committee’s responsibilities include setting standards for certain types of fuel to be imported, distributed and used in the Cayman Islands. In addition, the Fuel Standards Committee is responsible for publishing or causing to be published these standards and the test methods to be used by importers and the Chief Fuel Inspector when inspecting fuel to ensure compliance with standards.

Metrics to use for testing

Since the standards for hazardous substances imported into the Cayman Islands have been set by the Fuel Standards Committee, anyone who is granted an import permit must ensure that the hazardous substance they import complies with these standards.

As for the type of testing standards approved, these should conform to the standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

In addition, the Customs Collector must, on each importation of a hazardous substance, record in writing the result of the test determined in accordance with the specified test and must provide OfReg with this information within forty-eight hours following the importation of the dangerous substance. substance.

When a hazardous substance is dispensed from an authorized vehicle or transferred from regulated premises, it must be metered. The accuracy of the meter shall be determined by the use of one or more calibration methods including mechanical, electronic or any other method approved by the Chief Fuel Inspector.

When a hazardous substance is loaded into a compartment of a tank truck at a loading dock, the hazardous substance must be measured by a custody transfer meter certified by a calibration technician.

Meter Calibration

The Hazardous Substances Regulations require the calibration technician to use a test meter or test gauge when calibrating a restricted premises meter or licensed vehicle (this test meter or this test measure to be used must be approved in writing by the Chief Fuel Inspector).

A calibration technician shall, upon completion of the adjustment of a meter under test, place a tamper evident seal in the meter calibrator.

Where the meter is a retail pump or dispenser, the calibration technician must affix a tamper evident sticker to the pump cover bearing the date the pump was calibrated and the signature of the calibration technician.

At the end of a test, the calibration technician must issue a certificate confirming the calibration to OfReg in the same month that the calibration was performed.

Handle complaints

In the event of a complaint of violation of the Hazardous Substances Act, the Chief Fuel Inspector is required to investigate the complaint and, on a regular basis, perform routine checks of regulated premises to ensure compliance to the Hazardous Substances Act.

For the purpose of conducting the audits, the Chief Fuel Inspector (or an inspector authorized by him) must visit any regulated place on 24 hours written notice in the case of a routine audit or in the case of investigate a complaint, without notice, at any time during working hours of the particular regulated premises and inspect the regulated premises and any container, equipment, fittings, piping or apparatus which he has reasonable grounds to believe is or is used or is or is likely to be used or has been or has recently been used for or in connection with the supply, transfer, storage, transport, sale, handling or use of hazardous substances.

During the investigation of a complaint, the Chief Fuel Inspector may, without payment, take or require the manager or occupier of any regulated place to deliver samples of substances or items that are (or suspected by the Chief Fuel Inspector to be (b) hazardous substances or components of such hazardous substances for examination and testing.

The Chief Fuel Inspector may also seize any hazardous substance or any container containing such hazardous substances which he has reasonable grounds to believe are or are being used or are or are likely to be used or have been or have been recently used for or in connection with procurement. , transfer, storage, transport, sale, handling or use of such hazardous substances if he has reasonable grounds to believe that the Hazardous Substances Act has been violated.

In addition, the Chief Fuel Inspector may require the production of any relevant documents and inspect them, examine them and make copies or extracts thereof or withdraw them to make a copy or extract thereof and take the photographs or records audio or visuals that he deems necessary.

Finally, the Chief Fuel Inspector may require the operator of restricted premises or any person employed in regulated premises to comply with any written instructions not inconsistent with the Hazardous Substances Act that the inspector in Chief Fuel Officer considers, on reasonable grounds, necessary to ensure the safety of persons or property.

Every person who willfully obstructs or retards the Chief Fuel Inspector in the exercise of his powers is guilty of an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $20,000 or to imprisonment for a year or two.

Conclusion

Although the above is quite technical, it is important for members of the public to understand that testing standards are in place for hazardous substances and routine checks required by the Hazardous Substances Act are carried out by the inspector. Chief of Fuels and OfReg. In addition, if a complaint is made to OfReg, OfReg will promptly investigate the matter and notify affected parties and members of the public where required by applicable law. In terms of boosting public engagement, a person close to OfReg said that the new OfReg board intends that OfReg will engage the public more frequently than in the past, l The goal is to keep the public informed, enhance transparency and increase public education. and raising awareness of issues of public interest.