Ontario government announces new rules for propane facilities

January 7, 2015 By    

The government in Ontario, Canada, announced new rules that it says are designed to strengthen propane safety and minimize the burden on businesses.

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority implemented updated licensing requirements for propane transfer facilities. This includes moving from annual to risk-based inspections so that higher-risk facilities are inspected more frequently than lower-risk facilities. The requirements also permit facilities to select the most appropriate senior management person to complete the mandatory safety training that is required of staff who directly handle propane for transfer.

In addition, a new requirement for businesses to carry insurance will be set at minimums of $1 million for small propane transfer facilities and $5 million for medium-to-large propane transfer facilities, the government announced. The insurance requirement will take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

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