WorkSafe Victoria recently issued a safety alert about the hazards associated with refilling Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders following two recent incidents involving the refilling of cylinders.
In the first incident, Fire Rescue Victoria and Victoria Police attended a service station where a member of the public had tried to fill a barbeque gas cylinder from an LPG dispensing bowser, causing a leak and releasing gas into the atmosphere.
In the second incident, an employee received burn injuries to their hands whilst refilling a forklift gas cylinder from an LPG dispenser.
While only minor injuries were sustained in both incidents, the alert said they highlight the potential danger associated with filling gas cylinders from an LPG dispenser.
LPG is classified as a dangerous goods flammable gas (Class 2.1) and filling of a portable gas cylinder at a service station vehicle LPG dispensing bowser is dangerous and prohibited. There is a risk of fire and explosion when gas cylinders are over-filled or when potential ignition sources such as static electricity, are not controlled.
Regulation 42 of the Dangerous Goods (Storage and Handling) Regulations 2012 outlines specific obligations regarding the transfer of Dangerous Goods, specifically the requirement to have measures in place to control spills and leaks, minimise static electricity and control vapour generation.
The safety alert said there are a number of recommended ways to control risks: