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Bulk LPG

This guidance is issued by the INDO BRIGHT PETROLEUM PVT. LTD. and is aimed at small-scale users of LPG in bulk tanks. It does not apply to LPG cylinders or cartridges. For guidance on this topic, you should consult the Safety officer of IBP Gas or Call- 08222022020.

Hazards:
LPG (propane or butane) is a colourless liquid which readily evaporates into a gas. It has no smell, although it will normally have an odour added to help detect leaks. When mixed with air, the gas can burn or explode when it meets a source of ignition. It is heavier than air, so it tends to sink towards the ground.
LPG can flow for long distances along the ground and can collect in drains, gullies and cellars LPG is stored in pressurised tanks to keep it liquefied. The tanks can be installed above or below ground. They are strong and not easily damaged, but liquid or gas leaks can occur from valves and pipe connections. The liquid can cause cold burns to the skin.

Precautions:
The installer must ensure that LPG tanks are located in a safe place and have all the necessary safety devices to protect the tanks, pipe work and any LPG appliances attached to them. However you need to look after the installation. In particular, you should take the following precautions:

  • Keep rubbish and anything combustible well away from the tanks and keep weeds and grass in the vicinity cut down. Do not use a chlorate based weed killer as it can be a fire hazard.
  • Keep any security fencing, provided for the tanks, in good condition and keep the gate(s) locked shut. If there is no fencing, keep the tank valve cover locked.
  • Ensure there are adequate arrangements for inspection and maintenance of the tank and its equipment. This is normally arranged by your LPG supplier. Keep all the paperwork relating to the installation for reference.
  • Do not let anyone work on the installation unless they are suitably trained and competent to do the work.
  • Read the operating instructions and the emergency actions and ensure that everyone who needs to, knows them and follows them carefully.
  • Keep people not involved with the installation well away from it, particularly children.
  • Keep vehicles well away from the installation.

  • Only authorized personnel should be permitted to enter into the LPG yard.
  • Always ensure proper earthing connections to the mobile LPG tanker before unloading operation.
  • Do not engage damaged / leaky hoses for unloading the tanker.
  • Do not carry out unloading operation during night time , Heavy rains, Thunder storms, Lighting etc.
  • Always tighten all fasteners of the LPG unloading hoses fully to the mobile tanker, replace gasket whenever unloading of LPG tanker takes place.
  • Do not overfill the LPG storage tank beyond the maximum filling limit of 85% Ensure hoses are depressurized prior to disconnecting from the tanker.


If a fire occurs:
  • Dial 101 immediately to call the Fire Brigade. Ensure you tell them an LPG tank is on the premises.
  • Leave the premises and go to a safe place.
  • If safe to do so, shut all valves on the tank, and the emergency control valve, outside your property.



REMEMBER – LPG is potentially highly dangerous – if staff have ANY doubt about the safety of the
equipment or leakage of gas, they should follow the emergency procedure immediately – any delay could lead to a major incident and fatalities.

 

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