The Health & Safety Authority has issued a Safety Alert to all those involved in filling self-fill cylinders. These cylinders are typically used on road-marking trucks and forklift trucks. Please note that the majority of cylinders, including all cylinders for domestic use, are not of the self-fill type and can only be filled safely using special filling machines used in cylinder filling plants - this alert is not related to those cylinders.
It is critical that every time you fill a self-fill cylinder, its last test date is checked, and any cylinders out-of-test (10 years since last test) are segregated and not used until they are retested by Flogas (or replaced).
This requirement, along with others dictating when a self-fill cylinder must be taken out of service due to damage, are on the metal filling instructions which were affixed on or adjacent to all filling systems for self-fill cylinders installed by Flogas. Replacement filling instructions are available from Flogas on request to the Service Department.
We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone who has a filling system for self-fill cylinders that they have to carry out (or arrange to have carried out) an annual inspection of the unit and the area around the unit to comply with Irish Standard IS 3216. A suitable inspection form is available on request from the Service Department of Flogas for this purpose. ANY repair to any parts of the filling system requires specialist liquid-LPG skills and should only be done by a Flogas liquid-LPG approved contractor, but the inspection itself may be carried out by most gas contractors. Alternatively, contact the Service Department in Flogas on 041 9831041 to have Flogas carry it out.
The Safety alert can be viewed on the HSA website by clicking HERE
What to do in the event of an LP Gas leak
LP Gas, in cylinders or tanks, has a distinctive smell added to enable you to clearly detect a leak. Never ignore a leak. Promptly take the following action:
(a) Turn off the gas at the tank(s) or cylinder(s).
(b) In the case of indoor cylinders or cylinders in a small enclosed yard, disconnect the cylinder and remove to an open (outdoor) space.
(c) For indoor leaks, to disperse the gas, open all windows and doors to the outside. Avoid sources of ignition - no smoking, do not turn electrical switches on or off.
(d) For large outdoor leaks (i.e. where there is a smell of gas more than a few feet from the source), keep people, vehicles and ignition sources away. If necessary, cordon off the area and/or have someone stay there to control access.
(e) In the case of fire, immediately ring the fire brigade.
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