LPG installation stations get random inspection


BANGKOK, 19 February 2013 The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) has inspected an LPG installation stations in Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, after accidents from the LPG installation in both households and vehicles occurred too often. 

TISI Secretary-General Surapong Chiangtong and his entourage visited Chuen Siri Company, a certified LPG installer for households and vehicles. Afterwards, the group inspected the company that imports LPG tanks on Pattanakarn Road in Bangkok. The inspections are aimed at ensuring safety of LPG users, after accidents and explosions happened from unqualified LPG installations.

Mr Surapong revealed that the TISI wanted to make sure that all of the LPG tanks being installed have been inspected and are up to the standard. He said so far the inspection has found neither sub-standard practice nor any unapproved product, but the officials will randomly collect tank samples for analysis.

Those who import unapproved products or illegally install the LPG tanks will receive up to 2 years’ imprisonment and/or face up to 1 million baht fine. Consumers can report the wrong-doings to TISI at 02-793-9300 or www.tisi.go.th.

On February 7, an explosion took place at a garage offering LPG installation in Bangkok’s Taling Chan district. The blast injured five people and destroyed four nearby cars.