Propane Tank Regulations
The liquid petroleum or LP system style gas container is an OSHA term which refers to the piping, regulators, hoses, regulators, valves and fittings. The agency requires particular parts depending upon the capacity of the tank. These individual parts must undergo standard laboratory testing. The right laboratory approval would prove that the system parts meet thickness, construction and pressure standards.
The OSHA is the organization that dictates how close the propane tank is located to ignitable materials, to buildings, to tanks that contain 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 individuals who are in close proximity.
Liquefied Propane systems need 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 gallons or pounds, square foot outside surface, pressure and fill level. Additionally, information regarding whether or not the container is made for installation underground or above ground is also visible. These markings should be on a metal plate attached somewhere noticeable to the container. OSHA requires that each and every tank needs to be marked by the Pressure Vessel Inspectors and National Board of Boiler in order to be considered safe and ready to use.
Tank Repairs and Modifications
Any type of repairs to LP systems which require welding are regulated by OSHA. Repair personnel and tank owners have to know the standards and regulatory codes that the tanks were manufactured. Welding repairs to any part of the system which is subject to internal pressure has to first follow these fabrication codes. Other welding is only allowed on brakctes, saddle plates or lugs.
The OSHA works hard to make sure that individuals who work with forklifts and nearby are kept safe. They have strict training procedures and rules in place so as to make certain that these industrial machinery and their repair processes are handled with respect and as safe as possible. It is very important that companies follow their rules and steep fines could happen if they are not followed.