Road accidents are not uncommon in India as every other hour we witness hundreds of people become victims of these unfortunate incidents. The gravity of this issue has become way more serious now, despite the multiple initiatives taken by the Indian government to date. Nothing can be worse than this, right? Well, hold your horses. Just think about the situation where dangerous materials such as explosive and toxic goods get involved. Even a small mistake or carelessness on anyone’s part can lead to unimaginable damage. Considering this, the Bureau of Indian Standards, commonly known as BIS, has issued new guidelines for the transportation of hazardous goods to make it more secure for everyone, be it the public, properties, or the environment. Reading this article will help you understand what these new BIS guidelines are and the intent behind them.
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But before taking a direct dive into the pool of these guidelines, its better if we go through what the Bureau of Indian Standards is all about and how it operates.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), India’s national standards body, is established under the BIS Act, of 2016. Working under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution, the purpose of BIS is to ensure the quality, safety, and reliability of the goods and services in the country by devising quality standards for them from time to time.
Roles of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
Followings are the most common roles played by the Bureau of Indian Standards:
- Formulation of standards for Indian goods and services
- Engaging with International organizations to formulate new guidelines for standardization, certification, and testing for ensuring high quality.
- Certification of products to ensure they’re of high quality and secure w.r.t people and environment.
- Certification schemes for foreign manufacturers to do a proper inspection of the products that they’re selling in the Indian market.
- Establishing laboratories to verify the products against legal standards.
- Hallmarking to maintain legal standards, especially for products like gold, silver, etc. to assure buyers of their authenticity and secure them from any unfair practices.
- Awareness programs for the consumers and Industries to inform them of all the necessary information regarding the standards, alongside new policies it formulates.
Significance of BIS
- Reduce the risks associated with hazardous products
Even though the BIS certification for the majority of products is voluntary, there are certain goods such as of hazardous nature for which the Indian government has mandated enterprises to get a BIS certification to deal with them. Keeping in mind the health and safety of the public and environment, BIS has a set of comprehensive guidelines to mitigate the harmful effects of such goods and ensure they’re of good quality.
- Build the Brand’s Credibility
No matter what sort of business you do, the chances of your success will always depend on to what extent the quality of your products and services matches the consumers’ expectations. Here, having a BIS certification can help you as it assures customers that they need not worry about your product w.r.t quality and dependability, hence building your brand’s credibility and contributing to your business growth.
- Encourage the Global Sell of Indian Goods
Often we see people living in other countries getting hesitant before buying Indian goods and the reason is their relatively inferior quality. This is also why Indian Industries fail to make a strong presence for themselves in the International market. Here, BIS certification can play an important role as the standards implemented by it are at par with the global ones and if Indian producers comply with them, they can surely expect to see a raise in their export numbers over time and get worldwide recognition.
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BIS New Guidelines On Transportation of Hazardous Goods
The Bureau of Indian Standards has recently released ‘Transportation of Dangerous Goods - Guidelines’ with the sole motive of raising the safety standards when it comes to the transportation process of hazardous materials. These new guidelines will act as a new benchmark for the safe management and transportation of dangerous goods throughout PAN India. If you’re not familiar with the products that come under the category of hazardous goods, then you can think of the products that are flammable, explosive, infectious, toxic, or corrosive.
These new BIS guidelines will standardize the practices involved in transporting dangerous materials to ensure they’re secure, alongside saving people and the environment from “impossible to fathom” damage in the event of an unfortunate incident. They will guide businesses operating in India on classification, packaging, handling, documentation, emergency actions, and provisions to ensure secure transportation of hazardous material.
Everyone hopes that with these new guidelines on the transportation of hazardous goods, the Bureau of Indian Standards will be successful in preventing certain mishappenings that can make the environment and thousands of innocent people its victims. At the same time, it is also crucial that people take some responsibility and act cautionary as per the authorities’ instructions when such incidents happen.
This portion of the site is for informational purposes only. The content is not legal advice. The statements and opinions are the expression of author, not corpseed, and have not been evaluated by corpseed for accuracy, completeness, or changes in the law.
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