Propane Tank Policies
The LP or liquid petroleum system style gas container is an OSHA term which refers to the piping, regulators, hoses, regulators, fittings and valves. The agency requires certain parts depending upon the capacity of the tank. These individual components should go trough standard laboratory testing. The right laboratory approval proves that the system parts meet pressure, thickness and construction standards.
The OSHA is the group which dictates how close the propane tank is situated to buildings, to ignitable materials, to tanks containing inflammable liquids, welders and cutting torches. These stringent rules are in place to make the jobsite very safe for the employees and those others who are nearby.
Liquefied Propane systems need to be marked with the name and the address of the container supplier, or tank trade name. The container capacity is listed in gallons or pounds, square foot outside surface, pressure and fill level. Additionally, information about whether or not the container is designed to be installed above ground or underground is also visible. These markings should be on a metal plate attached somewhere visible to the container. OSHA requires that each and every tank should be marked by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors so as to be considered ready and safe to use.
Tank Modifications and Repairs
Any kind of repairs to LP systems that need welding are regulated by OSHA. Repair personnel and tank owners need to know the standards and regulatory codes that the tanks were made. Welding repairs to any system component which is subject to internal pressure has to first follow these fabrication codes. Other welding is only allowed on lugs, brackets or saddle plates.
The OSHA works hard to ensure that people who work with lift trucks and in their vicinity are kept safe. They have strict rules and training procedures in place so as to make sure that these industrial machinery and their repair processes are handled with respect and as safe as possible. It is essential that businesses follow their rules and steep fines can occur if they are not followed.