Cylinder filling training
LPGA’s role in LPG training and accreditation
The LPGA are the delegated authority to appoint test certifiers/site trainers who can certify approved fillers to the LPGA.
Under this system, site trainers are trained by one of the LPGA national trainers. They are then deemed to be a test certifier under the HSNO regime, and can certify cylinder fillers they have trained as approved fillers under the HSNO regime. There is now an online reaccreditation system for site trainers, which can be accessed on the bottom of the page.
Site Trainers/Test Certifiers need to know the following HSNO facts:
The offence provisions and penalties under the HSNO Act:
- Failing to meet any part of the Act and its controls: up to $500,000 plus $50,000 per day and up to 3 month's imprisonment.
- Failing to comply with a compliance order: up to $50,000 plus $5,000 per day.
- Obstruction of an enforcement officer: $5,000.
What is a compliance order? A compliance order is issued by an Enforcement Officer, and 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 Test Certifier Provisions: The Certificate (Test Certifier 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.
A Site Trainer/Test Certifier cannot issue an Approved 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.