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Safety Is Our Top Priority

Posted: January 12, 2018

There are lots of reasons to love propane. One of the biggest is safety, thanks to strict rules, certification programs, and training enforced by the propane industry, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and local and state authorities. Fires that cause significant injury or damage to property are exceedingly rare. Plus, because propane is non-toxic, it can be stored underground without posing any environmental or health risk.

Training ClassThe Michigan Propane Gas Association, is committed to ensuring the safety of our local propane providers and distributors, as well as all the customers they serve. That’s why we offer our Certified Employee Training Program (CETP), with affordable classes held annually around the state. Classes cover everything from basic principles and practices of propane to advanced certifications in delivery, plant operations, distribution systems, and more.

We also provide our non-certified course program, with additional safety-first classes and instruction provided by the same instructor (Roger Dahn) as our certified program. These classes include:

  • Hazardous Materials (HM 126F). This course is required by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) for all employees involved in transporting hazardous materials. If you load, unload, handle, test, recondition, repair, modify, prepare, package, mark, or drive propane—or you’re responsible for those who do—you need to complete this course within 90 days of your employment.
  • Propane Emergencies Training. This 6-hour seminar was created to help employers and employees deal with propane emergencies safely and effectively, as well as fulfilling all USDOT and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) obligations. The course covers emergency action plans, fire prevention, fire safety analysis, incident reporting, working alongside first responders, and so much more. We highly recommend this seminar not only for transporters, filling operators, and service technicians, but also marketing managers and public and media relations staff.

We also offer propane safety tips for our consumers, including information on:

  • what to do if you smell gas,
  • maintaining your propane appliances,
  • and using space heaters safely,

just to name a few. Education and training are keystones to maintaining the safe use of propane for your home or business. We’re here to help!