Cylinder filling training
LPGA’s role in LPG training and accreditation
The LPGA are the delegated authority to appoint Approved Site Trainers who can certify LPGA Fillers to the LPGA.
Under this system, site trainers are trained by one of the LPGA Appointed Trainers. They are then deemed to be an Approved Site Trainer under the Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances - Charging LPG cylinders of less than 110 kg water capacity) Safe Work Instrument 2017, and can certify cylinder fillers they have trained as LPGA Fillers. The online reaccreditation system for site trainers, can be accessed on the bottom of the page. Online reaccreditation requires an annual renewal, whereas reaccreditation via an LPGA Appointed Trainer lasts 5 years.
Approved Site Trainers need to know the following Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) facts:
What are Enforcement Measures? An enforcement measure can take the form of an improvement notice, a prohibition notice, or a non-disturbance notice, and is issued by an Enforcement Officer. This usually tells the Person in Charge to stop doing something; to do something; or to take actions. It includes the consequences of non-compliance, the rights of appeal and the time period for compliance.
The offence provisions and penalties under the HSW Act:
- A person must not contravene an enforceable undertaking that is in force;
- A person who contravenes an enforcable undertaking commits an offence and is liable on conviction:
- for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $50,000
- for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $250,000.
Site Trainer Provisions: The Certificate (Site Trainer Approval) must be available for inspection by an Enforcement Officer and must include the time limits of the certification.
Hazard classification of LPG: Class 2.1.1A. A low pressure liquefiable gas.
An Approved Site Trainer cannot issue an LPGA Filler Certificate unless satisfied that the Filler knows:
- What LPG is classed as under the Regulations;
- The physical properties of LPG;
- Factors that can trigger failure of a cylinder;
- What happens if a cylinder leaks or fails;
- How to fill an LPG cylinder in the correct manner.
As well as being fully trained and knowing all they need to know, it is essential that cylinder fillers always fill cylinders using the correct procedures. Ongoing supervision is vital or standards slip, steps are missed out, and filler and customer safety are compromised. All fillers must be reassessed each year.