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Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - using LPG

This briefing addresses the key risks associated with and control measures required for the management of LPG in the workplace.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Using LPG is to ensure that all staff are fully aware of the potential risks associated with LPG and what they should do to minimise the chances of an accident or incident.

Hazards and risks

The briefing identifies that if used correctly LPG is a safe product. However, being a combustible fuel, we must recognise the potential dangers it can present from fire and/or explosion and minimise any risks to staff and the wider public alike.


Control measures include ensuring staff are appropriately trained, gas bottles are stored correctly and are not rolled.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • Do not store or use bottles in the horizontal position. A leak could be very serious and liquid could enter gas lines.
  • Do not drop bottles off vehicles or platforms, as damage can result. Always display safety and operating notices prominently.
  • Don't change or store bottles in the presence of naked flames. Trace leaks using liquid detergent solution, NEVER use a naked flame.
  • Never store or use below ground level, as any leakage will collect at low levels. Storage should be well ventilated, preferably outdoors.
  • Don't use tools to operate bottle valves.
  • Propane bottles should not be used indoors for domestic appliances, due to their higher pressure.
  • Always replace safety caps/plugs when the bottle is empty or not in use.
  • Check hoses regularly. Ensure properly secured with hose clips. If hoses are damaged or showing signs of wear, replace them (using hose of correct quality).