Speaking at ongoing inspection at Kawe in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam , quality assurance officer from Tanzania Bureau of Standards, Eng Nyabuchweza Methusel, appealed to manufacturers to make sure that their products show the name of manufacturer , thickness and length of every iron bar they manufactured.
He said the move would help officials from TBS to take measures in case some iron bars had any defects.
“We have to take immediate measures in order to prevent collapse of buildings which might happen due to the use of substandard iron bars, “he added.
For his part, a senior inspector at the Bureau , Donald Manyama, said they are planning to conduct a countrywide crackdown to all iron bar manufacturers to see whether they meet the required standards.
He said already such crackdown operations had been conducted in various areas in Dar es Salaam
According to him, they have visited traders at Kigamboni, Kariakoo, Mbagala and Buguruni areas.
Manyama explained that in Dar es Salaam they found most of iron bars did not meet the required specifications particularly in the required length.
Explaining, he said the length of iron bar should be between 38, or 40 feet .But they have found that there are many of them of 37.6 or 39.7 feet long which is wrong and loss to the consumer.
The official said they would contact the manufacturers to rectify the errors, or take stern measures for those who would defy the directives.
He urged manufacturers to abide by the regulations and requirements of manufacturing iron bars.
All iron bars have been graded, they ranges from 300, 350, 400 , 450 and 500 grades.
He urged consumers to look for the grade and length of the iron bars before they purchase them and start construction works.
According to him, failure to do so would led cracks and damaging their houses or structures.
He counseled people who engaged in construction works to get advice on quality materials from recognised institutions.
He asked Tanzanians who purchase construction materials to understand their grades in order to have permanent structures.
Manyama insisted local manufacturers to continue improving their goods in order to fetch markets beyond Tanzania.
“Manufacturers have a great role to play in improvement of our economy thus they need to enable our country export more,” he explained.
He noted that TBS will continue to provide public education awareness to the entire manufacturers on the best practices governing the production of sensitive products like iron bars.
He said quality certification institutions play a crucial role for the development of local industries and government collect revenues for the development of Tanzania.
He added that Tanzania has decided to go for industrial economy few years to come so all manufacturers have to support the government by producing quality goods which can be sold at any markets in Tanzania and beyond the borders.
Standards Act No. 2 of 2009 states clearly that TBS is mandated to promote standards, and in doing so it cannot compromise quality.
The act empowers them to suspend production or importation of any goods which do not follow required procedures.