In in the energy, oil and gas sector, Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) has services that are of benefit to you.
Standards are meant as a quality assurance tool. Being in the energy, oil and gas sector, you can use standards to facilitate best practice. Visit the standards catalogue for standards related to energy, oil, and gas. You can also utilise standards to ensure good management practices by utilising BOS ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management, BOS ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety, and BOS ISO 14001 Environmental Management.
BOBS can also facilitate you buying standards from different countries. To get more information visit the How to access other Standards page
BOS can help with calibration of testing and measuring instruments. For more information visit the Calibration Services Page
BOBS offers training on some of the standards, namely
BOBS has laboratories that offer testing in areas of micro-biology, chemistry, textiles, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and electrical engineering. This is a way for you to have assurance on the quality of the product you are using and producing. To get more information visit the Testing Services page.
Products can be certified against a Standard. This is a way for you to provide assurance on the quality of the product and services you provide. BOBS also provides certification on management systems such as BOS ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management
To get more information on this service visit the Certification Services page
Regulation of Compulsory Standards
Some products in Botswana are regulated by law. This means that these products must conform to the compulsory standards by law. These standards affect some of the products in the market, and so are an assurance of their safety. If utilising or trading in any of the regulated products there is need for you to ensure that it conforms. Check for products that are regulated in the energy, oil and gas sector by visiting the Regulated Products page. If you are importing regulated products visit the Importers page.
Regulation of Measuring & Weighing Instruments for Trade
When trading products where the price is based on measuring and weighing, then the measuring and weighing instruments used need verification that they measure or weigh properly. By law these instruments (such as fuel pumps) must be annually verified by BOBS for correctness. There are many weighing and measuring instruments and not all are allowed for use in Botswana. To ensure you acquire the right instrument contact BOBS for those that are permitted visit the Permitted Instruments page. BOBS will from time to time also run inspections of pre-packaged goods. For more information visit the Regulation of Measuring & Weighing Instruments for Trade page
BOBS also offers weighbridge services for verifying the weight of the consignment you are trading in. To get more on our weighbridge services please visit our Weighbridge Services page
The BOBS Information Centre situated at the Head Office in Gaborone is an international reference point for information about standards, technical regulations, and certification services in Botswana. You are free to visit or contact the centre to get more information. Visit the Info Centre page to learn more as well as their contact details.