Requirements for training in the proper handling and operational procedures of propane related work assignments has been included in every edition of NFPA 58 since the very early 1930’s.
Over the year the codes have been strengthened and reiterated. Examples of these requirements can be found in various editions of NFPA 58 in Section 4.4. Since 1992 this training and subsequent refresher training must be documented.
Since 2001 Refresher Training has been mandated on a 3-year cycle. Section 4.4.3 of the latest edition of NFPA states: REFRESHER TRAINING SHALL BE PROVIDED AT LEAST EVEY THREE YEARS.
The 2014 Edition of NFPA LP-GAS CODE HANDBOOK edited by DENISE BEACH, Senior Engineer, NFPA on page 53 reads as follows: “The requirement for refresher training every three years recognizes that ongoing reinforcement of training is needed, especially for task that are not normally part of the job function, but that the employee may be called on to do. For example, a bobtail driver may occasionally be called on to fill cylinders at a dispensing station at the propane company’s plant. The driver clearly must have been trained on filling stationary tanks, but must also be trained to fill cylinders”.
The 2014 Edition of NFPA 58, page 53, requires all persons whose duties fall within the scope of the code to be trained in accordance with their job function.
We all know that that most propane industry employees are cross trained in more than one discipline. Therefore it stands to reason that refresher training should cover all assignments the employee may be called upon to perform at any given time. With that in mind, OPGA is offering a two day refresher training course with a written exam and documentation of training to facilitate Member Companies with the requirements as described in NFPA 58 The LP-GAS CODE HANDBOOK.
The two day training is formatted into two separate sessions to cover many of the work assignments within the propane industry.
For instance Day 1 of the refresher training is broken down to review Propane Basics Principles and Practices; OSHA and PPE, Fire Extinguisher Training Review, Basic Plant Operations Review, Pump Operations, High Priority Service Calls for Gas Odors and Leak Checks, General Safe Driving Procedures for Propane Delivery Vehicles and Handling Propane Emergencies.
Day 2 the refresher training is presented to review Propane Cylinder Inspections and Requalification’s and Labeling, NFPA required Propane Distribution Lines, Fittings and Regulators, Importance of Ventilation for Propane Fired Appliances, ASME Tank inspections prior to setting, prior to refilling and during a leak check, Purging and Flaring Propane Containers, Methanol Injections, Evacuating ASME Containers on site, Installing ASME Tanks and conducting Pressure Checks on New Distribution Lines, Flow Pressure and Lock Up Testing of Regulators.
Each day of Training has a 50 Question written exam upon conclusion of the seminar.
This training, as well as the ongoing in-house Safety Training Program of the member companies, CETP classes and documented on the job training will assist the propane industry employer with compliance of the NFPA 58, USDOT and OSHA Refresher Training requirements.
The importance of documentation of training cannot be over stated. If it isn’t documented, it is difficult to prove it happen.
Participation in these two Refresher Training sessions is an easy, useful and verifiable training venue for your propane company to take advantage of. Two separate two day sessions are scheduled in one week. With sufficient interest from member companies additional training dates can be added, however a minimum of 7 registered attendees is required to conduct the training.