The Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO), formerly known as Department of Explosives, since its inception on 05/09/1898, has been serving the nation as a nodal agency for regulating safety of hazardous substances such as explosives, compressed gas and petroleum.
The organization has earned rare distinction as an institution of excellence in matters related to safety in manufacturing/refining, storage, transportation, handling and use of hazardous substances for over a century. Apart from the normal functions of enforcement of statutory safety regulations to safeguard public safety, life, property and environment, the organization has rendered meritorious voluntary services in examination and disposal of explosives, improvised explosives devices till late eighties of the last century, some of which were of national importance encountered during freedom struggle of the country, terrorist activities in different regions in the country. Till early nineties of the last century, the officers of the organization were carrying out anti-sabotage checks and duties related to VVIP security, Airport Security etc.
The organization has creditably rendered training to Police, Security and Intelligence personnel in detection, examination and disposal of explosives/explosive devices in a safe manner, as there was no other agency in the country to impart such trainings. The activities of the organization, over the years has increased exponentially and expanded in diverse fields. Today the organization deals with wide range of subjects related to explosives, petroleum, compressed gases, pressure vessels, gas cylinders, cross-country pipelines, LNG, CNG, Auto LPG, CBG, Ammonium Nitrate, flame proof electrical fittings etc.
PESO’s major work is to administer the responsibilities delegated under the Explosives Act 1884 and Petroleum Act 1934 and the Rules made thereunder related to manufacture, import, export, transport, possession, sale and use of Explosives, Petroleum products and Compressed gases.