A company that uses propane fuel should provide regular propane safety training for all employees, managers and owners of the company. The safety training sessions should be hosted on a regular basis by a safety representative of the subject company and/or an employee of the propane supplier that delivers the propane fuel. It is also very important that new employees be given complete propane training before handling the propane fuel containers and equipment.
The following is not a complete list of all items to be covered in a propane safety training session. Each company that is planning propane safety training sessions should consult with the propane supplier and/or the local or national propane industry associations for a complete list of items to cover during the training sessions.
In general, the propane safety training sessions should cover a variety of propane handling techniques including the use of personal safety gear (safety glasses and gloves) and the safe handling of propane containers and propane fueled equipment.
The nature of the training should focus on the type of propane applications that apply to the subject company. For example, if the company uses propane fueled forklifts, safely removing and reinstalling forklift propane cylinders is important. Checking to ensure that any propane cylinder being filled is date qualified (tested and repaired, as needed, before the qualification expiration date appearing on the cylinder) before proceeding with filling procedures. It is also important to make sure that the cylinder is free from any damage that may be a safety risk.
Barbecue propane cylinder sales and exchanges continue to be a large and expanding business. As a result, retailers have more and more employees handling both empty and full propane barbecue cylinders in the course of completing a barbecue cylinder exchange or sale. While these employees may not be involved in filling the empty barbecue cylinders, these employees should be educationed in appropriate propane safety training to advise customers on the safe transportation and use of a propane barbecue cylinder.
If the subject company is involved in filling barbecue size cylinders, each cylinder must be date qualified (as noted in a paragraph above). If the propane cylinder is not date qualified, the cylinder must be properly tested as per manufacturer and propane industry standards before refilling. Barbecue propane cylinder handling must also provide information related to the proper handling of propane cylinders. For example, retailers that sell and/or exchange barbecue cylinders must make sure retailers do not allow any barbecue customer to bring an empty or full propane cylinder into a retail building.
It is important that all employees that participate in a propane safety meeting are asked to physically engage in the safety techniques described by the safety meeting host. This gives the person hosting the meeting the opportunity to see each person handle the propane fuel in a safe manner. Any incorrect techiques should be corrected during the meeting. Safety training sessions should be carefully documented showing the date, the participants and the host.
Contact your propane supplier or propane association (state or national) for complete information on creating and hosting propane safety training sessions.