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Using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders

Advice about how to use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders safely in the workplace to prevent serious injuries.

Date: October 1, 2013
Keycode: 057/01/10.13
Publication type: Information About
Industries: Construction, Manufacturing
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This information contains advice about how to use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders safely in the workplace to prevent serious injuries.To safely use LPG, do not over fill the cylinders, connect LPG cylinders to appliances designed for natural gas or use leaking or corroding cylinders.

Using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders

Advice about how to use LPG cylinders safely.

Background and purpose

LPG cylinders are used to power a variety of appliances (eg BBQs, outdoor space heaters). In the past few years a number of house fires have been started as a result of LPG cylinders which have leaked or been inadvertently switched on. This guidance provides practical advice for minimising the health and safety risks which may arise when using LPG cylinders.

Using LPG cylinders

To reduce safety risks when using LPG cylinders, you should:

  • only use LPG cylinders which have been tested within the last 10 years. The cylinder should be marked with the test date
  • fill LPG cylinders at authorised filling stations staffed by trained personnel
  • carefully read and comply with the connection instructions supplied with the LPG cylinder
  • use a regulator between the LPG cylinder and the appliance being powered by the LP gas, unless the appliance is a portable type designed for high pressure gas
  • regularly check cylinder fittings are clean and tight. You can use soapy water to check for leaks
  • turn the gas off at the cylinder if you suspect a leak
  • only use LPG cylinders in well ventilated outdoor areas
  • keep the LPG cylinder upright with its relief valves clear, and
  • place the LPG cylinder on a firm level base of non-combustible material.

 

To safely use LPG cylinders, you should not:

  • overfill the LPG cylinder
  • connect LPG cylinders to appliances designed for natural gas, or
  • use leaking, damaged or corroded LPG cylinders.

 

For more information on the safe use of LPG cylinders, see AS 1596:2008 The storage and handling of LP gas.


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