Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases

Emergency Response Plans for Petroleum Stations

What is Liquefied Petroleum Gas?

LPG is composed predominantly of any of the following hydrocarbons, or mixtures of them; propane, propylene, butanes (normal butane or iso-butane), and butylene. It is often used for heating, cooking, auto fuel, as well as for refrigerants, aerosol propellants, and petrochemical feedstock.

What is the standard way of handling LPG?

Operators must observe these guidelines when handling propane or LPG:
  • Remember to wear appropriate gloves and other PPE when connecting and disconnecting propane cylinders from their hoses–propane can cause freezer burn instantaneously.
  • Do not store propane cylinders (full or empty) in your garage area.
  • Always store any not-in-use cylinders outside and in an open air storage container (propane is heavier than air and will settle to the ground).
  • When a cylinder is not in use, remember to close the valve to lessen the likelihood of a leak.
  • Containers installed for use shall not be stacked one above the other.
  • When dikes are used with flammable liquid tanks, no liquefied petroleum gas containers shall be located within the diked area.

These are just some of the standards that must be observed by companies who are handling or storing propane in their worksite. Click To Tweet

These are just some of the standards that must be observed by companies who are handling or storing propane in their worksite. For more tips on how LPG hazards can be controlled or taken out of the equation, check out’s UST training packages to avail of the necessary training needed for roles that area associated with the operation and maintenance of USTs.  

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