ZERA trains LPG fillers and operators
Continuous training of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) operators has contributed to minimum accidents being experienced in the energy sector.
This emerged during an intensive one day training on product handling and filling which was held in Harare and attended by 33 participants comprising of LPG fillers and their supervisors
“It is pleasing to see such a high number responding to LPG training which are primarily aimed at increasing knowledge, safety, and empowering fillers to correctly induct new users of LPG on safe use and its advantages” said Mr Israel Kuchocha, ZERA’s LPG Inspector and course facilitator.
“As ZERA what we are doing is to fulfill a statutory requirement as required by law to ensure standards and regulations are adhered to, while at the same time closing an information gap and misconceptions about LPG.
“LPG is a safe and clean form of energy. However, if used incorrectly, the product can be hazardous, hence ZERA’s thrust to continue emphasising on safety and knowledge of the product, “Mr Kuchocha added.
One of the trainees expressed satisfaction with the course content which he regarded as top notch.
“This course is key to my work, there are some things previously took for granted, but after having gone through this training exercise, I realised the importance of adhering to set standards. This training has been a huge eye opener and ZERA should do more to come up with programmes like these”, said Mr Proud Tamira of Ridgeview in Mount Darwin.
“We also urge ZERA to consider reviewing its licensing requirements especially for small scale LPG retailers as it may be difficult for us to get documents like the CR14 and other related documents,” he added
Another operator, Miss Providence Mupandawana of VESA gas, also expressed satisfaction with the course content.
“The material we went through today was insightful and helpful especially to us women. However, the number of female participants is worrying yet we constitute the biggest number of end users of LPG at domestic level,” said Miss Mupandawana.
The number of women who attend LPG training remains low.
To date ZERA has trained 2335 LPG operators since 2014. Similar training workshops were held in Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo, Mutare, Kariba, Chinhoyi and Kwekwe in the past years.
Kuchocha said training of LPG courses will be held every month in 2020.
“It is our wish to train every person interested in venturing in LPG business either as importer, wholesaler or as retailer.”
In Zimbabwe, there are currently 277 licensed LPG operators. Every month, an average of 3600 tons of LPG is consumed in the country. The emerging demand presents Zimbabwe as a potential market for investors in the LPG industry.