Propane Tank Policies
The gas container, liquefied petroleum system or LP system is a collective term by OSHA that refers to the piping, regulators, hoses, regulators, fittings and valves. Depending on the capacity of the tank, the agency requires specific parts. These individual parts should undergo recognized laboratory testing. The correct laboratory approval proves that the system components meet construction, pressure and thickness standards.
The organization OSHA determines how close the propane tank can be mounted in relation to ignitable materials, to buildings, to tanks containing inflammable liquids, welders and cutting torches. These strict rules are in place to make the jobsite as safe as possible for the employees and other people who are nearby.
Liquefied Propane systems have to be marked with the name and the address of the supplier of the container, or tank trade name. The container capacity is listed in pounds or gallons, square foot outside surface, pressure and fill level. Moreover, information regarding whether or not the container is designed for installation underground or above ground is also visible. These markings should be on a metal plate attached to the container somewhere visible. OSHA requires that every tank should be marked by the Pressure Vessel Inspectors and National Board of Boiler so as to be considered ready and safe to utilize.
Tank Repairs and Modifications
OSHA also regulates any kind of repairs to the LP systems, such as welding. The workers performing repairs and the tank owners must know the regulatory codes and standards that the tanks were made. Welding repairs to any component of the system which is subject to internal pressure must first comply with these fabrication codes. Any other type of welding is only permitted on lugs, brackets or saddle plates.
OSHA has worked hard to make sure that those working with forklifts and individuals working nearby forklifts are kept as safe as possible. They have strict training procedures and rules in place so as to make certain that these industrial equipment and their repair processes are handled as safe as possible and with respect. It is important that companies follow their rules and steep fines can occur if they are not followed.