Safe Work Practice Propane and Temporary Heat Propane Storage and Handling states that, “no person shall handle propane unless the person is the holder of a certificate or ROT (record of training) for that purpose.” When installing and using propane (natural gas) cylinders, the following rules must be followed: 1. The cylinders are to be installed and secured in an upright position to prevent from falling. Use only the proper tools for connecting any hoses or appliances to the cylinders. Only workers certified in the use of propane shall be permitted to install the equipment. This includes the changing of cylinders. Cylinders are to be transported in an upright position. They are to be secured from falling and/or lifted only if secured in a proper lifting cage that is designed for this purpose. Adequate fire protection equipment that is suitable for use on propane fires shall be available in the vicinity of the equipment being used, and all workers shall be trained in the use of this equipment. All connections are to be checked on a daily basis for leaks and proper installation (“Soap Test”). Any repairs to equipment shall be completed only by qualified people. Where this equipment is installed and/or used in an enclosed area, provision is to be made for proper and adequate ventilation. Safety devices, such as pressure release valves and regulators are not to be disabled or modified, unless a qualified technician carries out this work. Personal protective equipment shall be used when handling propane (safety glasses, gloves and long sleeved shirts). Propane under pressure is extremely cold and can cause frostbite. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Do not use or store cylinders of propane in low areas, such as trenches, manholes or basements. Propane is heavier than air and will collect in low areas.
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