The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has issued a ministerial decision (84/2020) approving international and Gulf standard specifications as binding Omani standard for personal protective equipment such as safety shoes, lead acid batteries and steel used for reinforcement of concrete. Anyone who violates the provisions of the decision is liable for a fine of not more than RO1,000, which will be doubled in case of repeated violation.
Article 1 of the ministerial decisions stipulates that the International Standard No 20345 ISO related to the personal protective equipment, which includes safety shoes, and the American Standards No 2413 ASTMF, regarding the performance of the safety shoes, is now mandatory Omani standard.
Article 2 of the decision states that the International Standard No 1 – 60095 IEC, related to lead acid batteries for ignition in terms of general requirements and test methods, and Gulf Standards No 34 GSO, related to lead acid batteries used in cars for ignition of the internal combustion engines, will now be considered as mandatory Omani standard specification.
Article 3 states that International Standard No 1-6935 ISO, related to steel for reinforcement of concrete – Part 1: Smooth bars, and ISO 2-6935 for steel for the use of reinforcement of concrete, Part 2: Rods with protrusions, and International Standard No 3 – 6935 ISO regarding steel of the use of concrete reinforcement, Part 3: welded mesh, and British Standard No 4449 BS related to the steel for reinforcement of concrete (rods, coils, and unwrapped products) – are considered Omani standard specifications.
Article 4 of the decision includes penalties on anyone who violates the provisions of the decision. It talks about a fine of not more than RO1,000 which will doubled in case of repeated violation.