One of the many objectives of the propane industry is to develop and use certain guidelines or standards to help manufacture equipment or to promote fire prevention and safe operation. There are many different types of propane utilization equipment used in thousands of applications, all of which require special standards.
These standards must be constantly updated to meet the changing needs and technology of the industry. NPGA relies upon and supports many institutes, societies, and associations whose sole purpose is to organize and develop these codes and standards.
However, if these standards and testing requirements are not enforced, they can easily lose their effectiveness. The job of enforcement is the responsibility of federal, state, and local governments and their departments. Part of NPGA's mission is to ensure that these standards and their enforcement are reasonable, cost-effective and safety-based.
Find details on the Hazard Communication Standard below
OSHA has made several revisions to its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align it more completely with international (UN) regulations. The revised HCS requirements are more prescriptive than the previous requirements, which were more performance-oriented, meaning that chemical suppliers or employers had more flexibility in determining how to convey the hazard information than under the new requirements. The changes pertain mainly to labels and safety data sheets.
To facilitate a better understanding of the changes to the HCS and in response to requests by the membership, NPGA has developed this white paper. The paper is not meant to reflect legal advice, but to be used as a tool by NPGA members.
There are several compliance dates associated with OSHA’s action. The first compliance date, December 1, 2013, only requires that employees be trained on the new label and safety data sheet requirements. The topics to be covered in this training are addressed in Section IV of the white paper. The compliance dates for actual, physical changes to the labels or safety data sheets are not scheduled to kick-in until June 1, 2015, at the earliest, as reflected in the white paper.
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The Department of Transportation seeks to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets the nation’s vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
The primary agencies within DOT that regulate the propane industry are the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
PHMSA's mission is to protect people and the environment from the risks inherent in transportation of hazardous materials - by highway, pipeline and other modes of transportation.
Energy Information Adminstration
The office for energy statistics, prices, and other public energy information.
EIA page: U.S. Propane and Other Liquified Gases. Start here for EIA information on propane.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This office handles worker and workplace safety issues.
OSHA page: The OSHA Fire and Explosion Planning Matrix covers general aspects of fire prevention planning for terrorist or arson incidents.
OSHA page: OSHA Forms, Publications, and Posters
EPA page: Clean Alternative Fuels: Propane (Adobe PDF)
Fact sheet on propane-fueled vehicles.
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