Gas

Breakfast and Learn for Gas Contractors, Fitters and Administrative Staff

9 October 2014 - 07:00 am - 08:30 am

Coast Kamloops Convention Center
1250 Rogers Way
Kamloops
V1S 1N5
British Columbia
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Contact information:
Email: erin.cardona@safetyauthority.ca

Maximum capacity: 50
# of guests allowed per registration: 3

How to RSVP: Registration Closed

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BCSA Gas Conference 2014 - Navigating Educational Pipelines in the Gas Industry

7 November 2014 - 8:00am - 01:00 pm

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www.BCSAGasConference2014.eventbrite.ca

Cascades Casino & Resort
20393 Fraser Highway
Langley
V3A 7N2
BC
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Maximum capacity: 1
# of guests allowed per registration: 0

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2012 Gasfitter & Contractor Technical Information Seminar

25 September 2012 - 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

There is free parking available at the hotel.

Comfort Hotel, Topaz Room
3020 Blanshard Street
Victoria
V8T 5C7
BC
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Contact information:
Email: gas.talks@safetyauthority.ca

Maximum capacity: 170
# of guests allowed per registration: 5

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Gas Online Forum: A Review of 2014 Information Bulletins and Directives

26 November 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Contact information:
Telephone: 7783962105
Email: erin.cardona@safetyauthority.ca

Maximum capacity: 25
# of guests allowed per registration: 1

How to RSVP: Register online to attend.

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Safety Tips

Safe technical systems are BC Safety Authority’s top priority. Fortunately, many safety risks can be reduced or avoided through education and prevention.

With this in mind, we’ve put together the following safety tips sheets to help identify and reduce risks related to some common activities. We encourage you to download and share this important safety information to help reduce risk.

Safety Tip - RV Propane Safety

Purchasing and maintaining propane equipment

☐ Purchase RVs with gas appliances that have been inspected and certified by a recreational vehicle shop that is licensed by BCSA.
☐ Buy propane equipment that is certified for use in Canada.
☐ Follow RV manufacturers’ instructions for the operation and maintenance of propane equipment.
☐ Have propane equipment maintained regularly at a BCSA registered RV shop. Click here for the BCSA Propane System Re-Certifcation Check List - Form 524
☐ Ensure that your propane cylinders are inspected and recertified every 10 years.

Use propane appliances safely

Propane appliances may produce carbon monoxide (CO) if they are not working properly. CO is a colourless, odourless gas.

☐ Use appliances for their intended use only. Never use stove burners or ovens for space heating.
☐ Never use portable propane camping equipment inside your RV (e.g. camp stoves, barbecues, lanterns, catalytic or radiant heaters).
☐ Open a vent or window and turn on the range hood fan when using a propane stove or oven.
☐ Use a Canadian certified CO alarm, in addition to your smoke and propane alarms.
☐ Check connections for leaks after exchanging propane cylinders. Use a mixture of 50% liquid soap and 50% water applied with a paint brush.

Immediately seek medical attention if anyone shows symptoms of CO poisoning

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • confusion
  • impaired judgment
  • lack of physical coordination

Know the smell of propane

Propane smells like rotten eggs. If you think you smell propane in your RV:

  • Get everyone out of the RV immediately.
  • Don’t smoke, light matches, operate electrical switches, use either cell or telephones, or createany other source of ignition.
  • Turn your gas off at the main cylinder, if safe to do so and you know how.
  • Call the area fire department emergency number or 911 from the nearest phone.

Transporting propane safely

☐ Do not use or transport damaged propane containers that show signs of corrosion, have been exposed to fire or appear to be leaking.
☐ Never use, store, or transport propane cylinders or liquid fuels in the passenger space or living area of your RV. Place cylinders in a well-ventilated area.
☐ Transport cylinders upright and secured.
☐ Turn off the engine, all appliances and pilot lights before refueling your vehicle.

Click here for more information on Propane Safety

Safety Tip - Camping and grilling safely

When you want to get away from it all without leaving comfort behind, remember that outdoor gas equipment is designed only for outdoor use.

It may be tempting to bring your propane stove inside your tent to keep warm when you get caught in a rainstorm, or bring your outdoor propane space heater into the ski cabin when lighting the fire seems like too much trouble, but resist the temptation! Using outdoor gas equipment in confined spaces can create a serious safety hazard like carbon monoxide poisoning.

Propane basics

☐ Always read the manufacturer’s instructions before operating any gas appliance.
☐ Keep children and pets away from cylinders and grills at all times.
☐ Only use portable gas equipment outdoors, never in an enclosed space (including tents).
☐ Do not leave a grill unattended while cooking.
☐ Place your grill well away from your house, garage, deck railings, overhanging branches and other flammable materials.
☐ Inspect portable gas equipment before using it for the first time each season. Have worn or rusted fittings, hoses or burners replaced.
☐ Ensure the burner ports inside the grill are free of rust, dust, dirt or other debris.
☐ Keep your grill clean by removing grease or buildup.
☐ Always test for leaks at the cylinder connection before lighting the grill by brushing a mixture of liquid soap and water onto any connection or valve. Rising bubbles indicate a leak.
☐ Always open the lid of the grill before lighting to release any gas build up.
☐ Be aware that propane smells like rotten eggs but carbon monoxide is odourless.

If you suspect a propane leak while grilling:

  • Turn off the gas cylinder and the grill and have it serviced.
  • If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

Transporting, storing and handling propane cylinders

☐ Transport cylinders in a secured, upright position with the valve closed and outlet capped or plugged.
☐ Propane cylinders must be inspected and recertified every 10 years.
☐ Do not use or transport cylinders that show signs of corrosion, fire damage or appear to be leaking.
☐ Never use, store or transport your cylinder where it could be exposed to high temperatures.

For more information visit:

National Fire Prevention Association

Canadian Propane Association

Outdoor gas equipment can be the outdoor enthusiast’s best friend – as long as it is treated with respect. By taking these simple safety precautions, your outdoor adventures will be safe as well as fun.

Is your installation using the required clearances?

BC Safety Authority is reminding all contractors to be aware of required clearances for regulator/over pressure relief devices (gas vents to atmosphere) when working on gas installations.

A revised BCSA Information Bulletin: Clearance to Regulator/Over Pressure Relief Device No:B-G5 051206 4) summarizes the required clearance requirements in British Columbia from  regulator/over pressure relief devices to the following:

  1. Ignition sources
  2. Vents
  3. Building openings
  4. Exhausts and intakes, both passive and fan/blower assisted or mechanical

The information bulletin, which comes with a detailed diagram, also explains building opening, appliance air intake and measuring for clearances.  Ensure that you are referring to the current information bulletin with “Rev 02” in its reference number and issued on July 24, 2014.

Note that this information bulletin is supported by Gas Directive: Appliance Air Intake Clearance (No: D-GA 2014-04) which defines the minimum clearance requirement for appliance air supply inlets (combustion air) to resolve installation related conflicts in British Columbia.

Join our Information Technology Advisory Panel

Would you like to help improve and advance information technology at BC Safety Authority (BCSA)? We are looking for both contractors and administrative staff of companies who use BCSA’s online business transaction portal, known as MyConnection, to join our Information Technology Advisory Panel.

As a panel member, you will participate in quarterly meetings that may last up to two hours in length.  During these meetings you will provide advice on the current technology offered by BCSA (i.e., what should be added, changed or removed) and preview upcoming changes to see if they meet your needs. You may participate by phone and make use of our webinar system. You don’t need to be an IT expert as we are looking for a broad range of technology users.

If you’re interested in joining this panel, please email stakeholder.engagement@safetyauthority.ca.