How to Decant LPG

This video is only a supplement and refresher for those who have completed the Elgas decant training course.  It is not the complete training course and other training materials apply.

LPG decanting must not be attempted by untrained individuals.

Safety measures that should be considered when decanting LPG:

♦   OOperators engaged in LPG decanting must be able to demonstrate competency in decanting procedures and emergencies, and in using personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the task.  Untrained individuals should not be allowed to perform decanting.   Untrained

♦  Cylinders must be inspected and have a current inspection mark.

♦   Do not refill cylinders that are damaged or corroded.

♦   Decanting area must be a safe distance from fuel dispensers, flammable materials, tanks containing dangerous goods, public places, and building entries and exits. 

♦   Protect LPG cylinders, attachments and associated pipe work from damage.  This includes protecting the main decanting cylinder from a vehicle collision.

♦   Eliminate all ignition sources.  Devices such as ice freezers, static electricity and smoking are not to be introduced into a hazardous area.

♦   Operators must understand the nature of static electricity, and the associated precautions included in the safety procedures.

♦   Ensure operators are trained to identify any worn or damaged parts in the decanting equipment.

♦   Display a notice reading ‘Flammable Gas, No Smoking’ (with letters at least 50mm high) as close as possible to the decanting area.

♦   Display a notice that outlines the procedure for decanting, including a warning to stop filling as soon as the maximum permitted level has been reached.  As a minimum, the procedure should reflect all the safety requirements outlined in appendix J of AS/NZ1596.

♦   A trained operator must be present during the filling process.

♦   Do not any device to hold the dead man’s valve open.  It must only be kept open by hand.

♦   Wear appropriate PPE during the decanting process.  This includes gloves and safety glasses and cotton or anti-static clothes.

♦   Minimise the risk of static electricity by placing the cylinder to be filled on an electrically conductive and grounded stand.  Do not use a plastic milk crate or any similar non-conducting type of stand.

♦   Before starting, touch the body of the decanting cylinder with bare hands to discharge any static electricity.

♦   Adequate fire protection must be provided.  As a minimum, have a hose reel or powder-type extinguisher should be available in the decanting area.