TCM LP Forklifts
Propane Tank Rules
The gas container, LP System or liquefied petroleum system is a collective term by OSHA which refers to the regulators, piping, hoses, regulators, valves and fittings. Depending on the capacity of the tank, the agency needs specific components. These individual components must go trough standard laboratory testing. The correct laboratory approval proves that the system parts meet construction, pressure and thickness standards.
The organization OSHA determines how near the propane tank can be mounted in relation to ignitable materials, to buildings, to tanks containing flammable liquids, cutting torches and welders. These stringent rules are in place to make the jobsite as safe as possible for the employees and those others who are in the vicinity.
LP systems require that the address, the name, the container supplier, and or the tanks trade name, be marked on the propane container. The container capacity is to be listed with the following details: pounds or gallons of fuel, square foot outside surface, fill level, and pressure. In addition, information about whether or not the container is designed to be installed above ground or underground is also visible. These markings must be on a metal plate connected to the container somewhere visible. OSHA requires that each tank must be marked by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors in order to be considered safe and ready to use.
Tank Repairs and Modifications
OSHA also regulates any kind of repairs to the LP systems, such as welding. The employees performing repairs and the tank owners should know the standards and regulatory codes which 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 brakctes, saddle plates or lugs.
OSHA has worked hard to make certain that people working with lift trucks and individuals working nearby forklifts are kept as safe as possible. They have stringent training procedures and regulations in place in order to make certain that these industrial equipment and their repair processes are handled as safe as possible and with respect. It is essential that businesses follow their rules and steep fines can occur if they are not followed.
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