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Stay OSHA Compliant | Know the Safety Regulations of Propane

Oswald Companies December 7, 2022

If you use a gas grill, heat your home or spend time in an industrial facility, chances are you have used propane. It’s a well-established gas for many uses, but it can be dangerous.

Below are some rules to practice safety in the household and the workplace by following regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Compressed Gas Association.

Easy Tips for Propane Use and Storage:

  • Store all cylinders that are not in use in an open-air storage unit or cage with a protective roof overhead, at least 20 feet from other buildings.
  • Use and store cylinders in the proper position.
  • Cylinders used for forklifts can be stored in either the vertical or horizontal position. If stored horizontally, the relief valve must be positioned at 12 o’clock. These cylinders do not require an overfill prevention device (OPD).
  • Do not store cylinders near doorways, stairways or exits.
  • Locate storage away from high-traffic areas.
  • Do not store propane cylinders close to or with other flammable or
    combustible materials.
  • Locate fire extinguishers within easy access of propane storage.
  • Storage areas should have flat surfaces that do not collect water.
  • Store cylinders with the relief valve in direct contact with the vapor space in the container.
  • Wear gloves and other protective equipment when connecting and disconnecting hoses from propane cylinders.
  • When a cylinder is not in use, close the valve to lessen the chance for a leak.
  • Monitor the expiration dates located on the cylinder collar to replace or exchange cylinders that are outdated.

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Read more: Recommended Practices for Safety & Health Guidance Updates from OSHA.

*This post was originally published in August 2014; last updated December 2022

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