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Our Knowledge Base contains a collection of articles related to a variety of industry-specific topics. We make sure our articles are updated to ensure the information you are reading is updated to the latest regulatory requirements. We will announce additions and updates to the Knowledge Base with bulletins and in our newsletter, so make sure you sign up to receive our communications. Items within our Knowledge Base fall within three main categories:

  • Knowledge Base Articles – the articles that we have written about specific topics.
  • Regulatory Bulletins & Directives – notices, bulletins and directives issued by provincial and/or federal authorities.
  • News – we identify any new items as “News” so that they will also appear on our Home Page. We track items as news for about six months.

To navigate through our Knowledge Base, use the categories and tags to the right to access the items of specific interest to you. When you click a specific tag or category, the resulting items will be shown in descending date order, with the most recent item at the top of the list.

 

 

Third-Party Contractors

Many propane retailers rely on third-parties to conduct work on their behalf. This article discusses what you can do to minimize risk and liability arising from the actions of your third-party contractors. Continue reading

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Fire Prevention and Fire Control at Propane Bulk Plants

Fire prevention and control is key to minimizing risk at the bulk propane storage plant. This article discusses the various aspects of fire control and prevention that should be considered. Continue reading

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Bonding of CSST Systems

Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) has become a popular material for gas installations.  This article discussed the importance of bonding (CSST) systems to avoid electrical arcing which could perforate the tubing. Continue reading

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Bonding of the Gas System

Since 2010, the B149.1 Natural Gas and Propane Installation code requires propane and natural gas systems to be bonded. This article discusses how bonding of the gas system is achieved and includes key definitions related to bonding. Continue reading

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Standard of Care

Understand the basic standard of care your company is expected to achieve as it relates to the technical regulatory aspects of conducting business in the propane and fuel oil sectors. Continue reading

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Unvented Heaters in Poultry and Livestock Facilities

Poultry and livestock facilities have to be designed so that the ventilation system provides sufficient fresh air to meet the needs of the propane or natural gas appliances, the animals housed in the facility and to create a healthy atmosphere within the structure. Understand the regulatory requirements for using unvented heaters in these facilities. Continue reading

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Incident Management

If you store, transport or deliver fuels or install or service fuel-burning equipment, chances are, your company will be involved in an incident of some type. Learn how you can benefit from the creation of an Incident Management Team in this article. Continue reading

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Responding to Carbon Monoxide Calls

Learn how to develop appropriate procedures within your company to respond to Carbon Monoxide calls from your customers. Continue reading

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Why Employee Engagement Matters

This article discusses the importance of employee engagement and what can be done to achieve higher levels of engagement. Continue reading

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Changes in 2015 Version of B149.1 Natural Gas & Propane Installation Code

There are a number of significant changes within the 2015 version of the CAN/CSA B149.1 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code. This article provides a summary of the changes. Continue reading

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Changes in 2015 Version of B149.2 Propane Storage & Handling Code

There are a number of significant changes within the 2015 version of the CAN/CSA B149.2 Propane Storage & Handling Code. This article provides a summary of the changes. Continue reading

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Bulletin Related to Walkways and Guard Rails

This Information Bulletin (G-01-14) provides clarification of the requirements for walkways and guardrails when gas fired appliances are installed on rooftops. Read More  

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to Mobile Outdoor Food Service Equipment

The Directive (D-GA 2014-02) details the gas approval requirements for hot dog carts, food trucks, concession trailers, and mobile Hazmat/Special purpose trailers bought or brought into British Columbia. Read More  

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to Minimum Distance Requirements for Appliance Air Supply Inlets

There are instances within the CAN/CSA B149.1 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code where further clarity is required regarding minimum clearances. This directive (D-GA 2014-04) defines the minimum clearance requirements for appliance air supply inlets (combustion air) in order to … Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Information Bulletin Illustrating Typical Clearance Requirements for Regulators and Over-Pressure Devices

This Information Bulletin (B-G5 051206 4 Rev. 02) illustrates the most typical clearance requirements for regulator\over-pressure relief devices as indicated in Table 5.2 of the adopted B149.1 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code. Read More

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Nova Scotia Labour & Advanced Education Issues Directive Related to Static Discharge

This Directive (FSD 2014-01), which is in response to recent incidents, require grounding systems for truck and rail loading and unloading activities at the bulk plant. Read More

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TSSA Issues Propane Code Adoption Document Amendment

This CAD amends the previous CAD which adopted the 2010 version of the B149.2 and B149.5 codes into Ontario Regulation 211/01 Propane Storage & Handling. The purpose of the amendment is to adopt updated clauses that will be included in … Continue reading

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Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner Issues Advisory Related to the Field Approval Program for Gas Burning Equipment

This Advisory (OFC-ITSM 14-002/004) clarifies the requirements for the special acceptance/field approval of custom-made gas burning equipment. Read More

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Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner Issues Advisory Related to the Variance Approval Program

This Advisory (OFC ITSM 14-003) clarifies the process for obtaining variances for equipment that may not fully comply with the regulatory requirements established in adopted codes and standards. Read More

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Documenting Compliant Propane Installations

Learn how to ensure your propane installations have been properly documented in order to minimize risk and liability in the future. Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to the Requirements for Retail Propane Refueling Stations

This Directive (D-G5 051206 7 Rev 02) clarifies what requirements must be met for retail propane refueling stations. The Directive covers what approvals must be in place for new facilities and other requirements for refueling stations including locations, distances and … Continue reading

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Alberta Municipal Affairs Issues Bulletin Related to Legacy Equipment Management Systems

This Information Bulletin (G-02-14) clarifies the requirements to obtain a variance for gas-fired process equipment in the Alberta Oil and Gas industry installed prior to July 2013. Read More  

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Fuels Learning Centre launches website

The Fuels Learning Centre is happy to announce the launch of its new website.

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Alberta Municipal Affairs Issues Safety Tips Related to Field Approvals, Permits & Variances

This document clarifies the minimum requirements for installed gas-burning appliances and equipment to be in compliance. Read More  

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TSSA Issues Revision to Advisory Related to the Propane Facility License Process

This Advisory (FS-188-11 Rev 2), which is the second revision of a previous Advisory describes the process to be followed to license a propane facility, including new requirements for insurance which will take effect on January 1, 2016. Read More

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Keeping Regulatory Training Current

Most records of training for compliance training are valid for three years. A lot can happen in terms of regulatory requirements in three years. This article discusses the importance of ensuring your employees are properly trained to the most current regulator requirements. Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Information Bulletin Related to the Assembly of Natural Gas and Propane Barbeques and Other Appliances

This Information Bulletin (B-GA 2014-02) confirms that portable gas barbeques and other similar types of appliances sold at the retail level, which are not part of a “built in” installation, are not considered to be “regulated work”. Read More

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to Obsolete and Replacement Gas Appliance Parts & Components

This Directive (D-GA 2014-05) confirms the requirements for the installation of replacement parts & components on appliances where original manufacturer’s parts are no longer available. Read More

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to Approved Certification Marks for Gas Appliances

This Directive (D-G5 051201 2 Rev 4), which is the 4th revision, clarifies the approved certification marks which must be affixed to gas appliances. Read More

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Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner Issues Advisory Related to the Permit Requirements for Construction Heaters

This Advisory (OFC ITSM 14-005) clarifies the permit requirements for construction heaters in Manitoba. Read More

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Bonding of Bulk Delivery Vehicles

This article discusses the regulatory requirements related to whether or not bonding is required between bulk propane delivery vehicles and the container being filled. Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to Custom Built Gas Fire Displays and Uncertified Outdoor Fireplaces

This Directive (D-GA 2015-01) clarifies when a design registration is required for custom gas fire displays, fire pits, fire bowls and uncertified outdoor fireplaces. Read More

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to Potential Issues With Two-Piece Gas Ball Valves

This Information Bulletin (IB-GA 2015-01) provides instructions on the proper handling of two-piece ball valves in order to prevent inadvertent disassembly of the end fitting, which can result in an unintended gas release. Read More

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Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner Issues Advisory Related to Press-Connect Fittings

This Advisory (OFC ITSM 15-001) clarifies the conditions under which press-connect fittings may be used in natural gas and propane gas systems. Read More  

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Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education Issues Bulletin Related to Vapourizers and Heavy End Traps

This Bulletin (FS15-01) clarifies the requirements for direct-fired vapourizers to be equipped with traps, filters or other means to trap heavy ends. Read More

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History of PRV Service in Canada

This article is a consolidation of information and experience gained over the years. It is provided to assist the reader in having an understanding of the propane industry’s experience with pressure relief valves (PRVs) in propane tank service. Current Regulations … Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to Using Gas Appliances in Show Rooms

This Directive (G-GA 2015-02) clarifies the requirements related to utilizing gas appliances in retail show rooms. Read More

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Truck-to-Truck Propane Transfers

Truck-to-truck propane transfers are sometimes a necessary procedure. This article discusses the regulatory and training requirements related to this procedure. Continue reading

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Impacts of Regulatory Changes for Construction Heater Lessors

This article discusses specific changes in the 2015 versions of the CAN/CSA B149.1 Natural Gas & Propane Installation Code and CAN/CSA B149.2 Propane Storage & Handling Code which directly impact lessors of construction heaters. Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education Issues Directive Related to the Field Approval of Uncertified Equipment

This Directive (2015-001) clarifies the requirements to apply for the field approval of uncertified gas-burning equipment. Read More

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Inspection of PRVs in Propane Service

Gain an understanding of what is required in conducting visual inspections of Pressure Relief Valves (PRVs) on propane storage tanks in service. Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education Issues Directive Related to the Enforcement of Section 87 of the Regulations

This Directive (FSD 2015-002) serves as a notice that the enforcement of Section 87 of the regulations will be delayed until June 30, 2016. Read More

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to the Permit Requirements for Propane Tanks

This Directive (D-BP-2015-01) clarifies that propane pressures vessels require an operating permit. Read More

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PRV Change Out Challenges

This article discusses some of the key challenges facing the propane industry related to the recent requirement to replace PRVs on a period basis. Continue reading

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Variance Related to Site-Specific Gas-Fired Process Equipment

This Variance (VAR-GAS-01-13 [Rev 1]) covers engineered designs of uncertified site-specific equipment, components and accessories where gas is to be used for fuel purposes for non-certified process gas-fired equipment of all heat inputs for which there is no approved standard. … Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Bulletin Related to Emergency & Natural Disaster Protocol for Electrical & Gas Equipment Safety

This Bulletin (IB-EL/GA 2015-04) clarifies the procedures for recommissioning gas and electrical equipment following a natural disaster. Read More

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BCSA Issues Bulletin Adopting New Versions of Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Codes

This Bulletin (IB-BP 2015-01) announces the adoption of updated Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration codes referred to in regulation including the 2014 version of the B51 code. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Safety Tip Related to Servicing Intervals for PRV’s on Tanks of 2,500 USWG and Less

This Safety Tip confirms the requirement that propane tanks of up to 2,500 USWG in capacity must have the PRV replaced every 25 years and that a periodic visual inspection must be conducted every 5 years. Industry is required to … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia Labour & Advanced Education Issues Directive Related to Flare Stacks and Vehicle Parking at Bulk Plants

This Directive (FSD 2015-003) clarifies the requirement that propane may not be released to the atmosphere and that an approved flare stack must be used to burn off propane from tanks requiring emptying prior to repairs. In addition, the Directive … Continue reading

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Adoption of 2015 Versions of B149 Codes

  This article, related to the adoption of 2015 versions of B149 codes, first appeared in the 2015 Jul/Aug edition of Propane Canada Magazine. I recently chaired the CSA B149.1 Natural Gas & Propane Installation Code Technical Committee meeting and … Continue reading

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Measurement Canada Releases Revision 6 of Bulletin C-03 Related to the Filling of Propane Cylinders

This is an updated Bulletin (C-03 Rev 6) describing the methods which may be used to fill propane cylinders in a retail setting, the information that must be provided to the customer, and the pricing methods that may be used. … Continue reading

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SaskPower Issues Bulleting Related to Upcoming Gas Code Meetings

This Bulletin (01-2015) provides a schedule of upcoming meetings being held to discuss the changes taking effect once the 2015 versions of B149.1, B149.2 and B149.3 codes are adopted. The adoption of the 2015 codes is anticipated for January 1, … Continue reading

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ABSA Issues Information Bulletin Related to Servicing Intervals for PRVs on Tanks of 2,500 USWG and Less

This Information Bulletin (IB15-012) was issued jointly by Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services and Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA). The Information Bulletin confirms and clarifies the requirements for PRV replacement and inspection intervals on propane tanks up to 2,500 USWG, … Continue reading

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Bulletin Related to Fuel Gas Pressure Piping in Plants

This Bulletin (G-03-11-ABSA [Rev1]) clarifies the requirements for fuel gas service pressure piping above and below 15 psi (103 kPa). Read More

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BCSA Issues Directive Related to the Filling of Propane Cylinders at Unattended Card/Key Lock Facilities

This Directive ( D-GA-2015-04) clarifies the requirement that propane cylinders MAY NOT be filled at automotive card/key lock only installations. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Notice of Expiration of Variance.

This Notice confirms that Gas Variance VAR-GAS-01-13 [Rev 1] will expire on June 30, 2016. This variance is related to site-specific gas-fired process equipment where gas is used for fuel purposes. Read More

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Health Canada Issues Alert Related to Unodourized Propane Sold in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

This Alert notifies consumers that propane manufactured by Crescent Point Energy between April 2009 and October 2015 may not have been odourized or may not have had sufficient levels of odourant added. Read More

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Ontario Code Adoption Documents

This article, related to Ontario code adoption documents, first appeared in the 2015 Sep/Aug edition of Propane Canada Magazine. I normally try to write articles on the regulatory and technical issues which apply equally across all provinces and territories.  However, … Continue reading

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Government of Prince Edward Island Updates Boilers and Pressure Vessels Regulations

The Government of Prince Edward Island had updated their gas regulations to adopt the 2015 versions of the B149 codes. Read More

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Government of Prince Edward Island Updates the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act

The Government of Prince Edward Island had updated their Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act to adopt the 2015 versions of the B149 codes. Read More

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TSSA Issues Advisory Related to Calculations Used for Unvented Heaters in Livestock Facilities

This Advisory (FS-214-14 R1) is related to new calculations that must be completed for livestock facilities that vent combusted products into the barn space. The Code Adoption Document (CAD) outlining these requirements was to take effect on January 1, 2016, … Continue reading

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Incorporating B149 Code Changes Into Daily Operations

This article, related to incorporating B149 code changes into daily operations, first appeared in the 2015 Nov/Dec edition of Propane Canada Magazine. My last few articles have provided information and discussed the ramifications of the regulatory impact the 2015 editions … Continue reading

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SaskPower Issues Bulletin Adopting 2015 Versions of B149 Codes

This Bulletin (01-2016) confirms that the 2015 Versions of the B149 codes have been adopted into regulation effective January 1, 2016. Read More

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SaskPower Releases Updated Code of Practice Related to B149.3

SaskPower issues a Code of Practice document which provides details on what is required for the field approval of fuel-related components on appliances and equipment. This newest version incorporates new and updated requirements related to the 2015 version of the … Continue reading

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SaskPower Releases Updated Code of Practice Related to B149.2

SaskPower issues a Code of Practice document which provides details on the requirements related to propane storage and handling. This newest version incorporates new and updated requirements related to the 2015 version of the B149.2 Propane Storage and Handling code. … Continue reading

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SaskPower Releases Updated Code of Practice Related to B149.1

SaskPower issues a Code of Practice document which provides details on the requirements related to propane and natural gas installations. This newest version incorporates new and updated requirements related to the 2015 version of the B149.1 Natural Gas & Propane … Continue reading

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Transport Canada Proposes Changes to TDG Regulations Related to Propane Shipped on a Passenger-Carrying Ferry

Transport Canada has proposed amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations specifically related to transporting propane on passenger carrying ferrys. Most of the changes focus on travel distance variances between TDG regulations and international regulations. Read More

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BCSA Issues Revision to Directive Related to Gas Notification Requirements for Completion, Installation or Alteration

This Directive (D-GA 2015-03 Rev 1) clarifies the notification requirements that permit holders must comply with when submitting declarations for installation permits of gas systems. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Adopts 2015 Versions of B149 Codes

Alberta Municipal Affairs has updated their gas regulations to adopt the 2015 versions of the B149 Codes. The updated regulations take effect on January 1, 2016. Read More

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Northwest Territories Public Works and Services Issues Notice Related to Electrical Equipment Near Gas Equipment

This Notice provides clarification of the requirements related to distances between arc-producing electrical equipment and a combustible gas relief device or vent, as per the requirements of the B149.1 Natural Gas and Propane Installation code. Read More

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Transport Canada Proposes Changes to the Requirements of TDG Training Programs

Transport Canada has proposed changes to the requirements of TDG training programs and instructors who offer TDG training. Interested parties have until March 22, 2016 to submit their comments. Read More

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Transport Canada Proposed Changes to TDG Regulations to Harmonize With International Standards

Transport Canada has proposed changes to the TDG Regulations that will support harmonization of the regulations with international standards. Some of the proposed changes affecting the propane industry include: Automatic adoption of reference codes (B339, B340, B62, B621); Exemptions for … Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Revision to Directive Related to Plastic Venting

This Directive (D-G5 070628 5 Rev 4) is the 4th revision of a Directive related to the use of plastic venting and the circumstances under which it may be used with new appliances. Read More

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TSSA Issues New Requirements for Training Related to the Use of Construction Heaters (CH01 & CH02)

TSSA has issued new standards for what is to be included in training programs offered by Accredited Training Providers related to TSSA’s ROT categories CH-02 and CH-02.  This affects training programs related to the safe use of construction heaters.  Accredited … Continue reading

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TSSA Issues New Requirements for Training Related to Various Functions Conducted at Propane Bulk Plants (PPO-1)

TSSA has issued new standards for what is to be included in training programs offered by Accredited Training Providers related to TSSA’s ROT category PPO-1.  This affects training programs for people who transfer propane to and from tank cars, cargo … Continue reading

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TSSA Issues New Requirements for Training Related to Various Functions Conducted at Propane Bulk Plants (PPO-2)

TSSA has issued new standards for what is to be included in training programs offered by Accredited Training Providers related to TSSA’s ROT category PPO-2.  This affects training programs for people who transfer propane to and from tank trucks, filling … Continue reading

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TSSA Issues New Requirements for Training Related to Various Functions Container Refill Centres (PPO-3)

TSSA has issued new standards for what is to be included in training programs offered by Accredited Training Providers related to TSSA’s ROT category PPO-2.  This affects training programs for people who fill containers, including vehicle tanks, and operate propane … Continue reading

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TSSA Issues New Requirements for Training Related to the Operation of Propane Tank Trucks (PTO)

TSSA has issued new standards for what is to be included in training programs offered by Accredited Training Providers related to TSSA’s ROT category PTO.  This affects training programs related to the safe use of propane tank trucks.  Accredited Training … Continue reading

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TSSA Issues New Requirements for Training Related to the Use of Propane-Fired Tar Pots (RE-O)

TSSA has issued new standards for what is to be included in training programs offered by Accredited Training Providers related to TSSA’s ROT category RE-O.  This affects training programs related to the safe use of roofing equipment such as propane … Continue reading

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Fuels Learning Centre Responds to New TSSA Training Requirements

On February, 10, 2016, TSSA issued new requirements for a number of training programs used within the propane industry.  While the Fuels Learning Centre applauds the efforts of TSSA to address specific learning outcomes with recognized ROT categories, there are … Continue reading

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Inspection of Propane Systems on Recreational Vehicles

This article, related to the inspection of propane systems on recreational vehicles first appeared in the 2016 Jan/Feb edition of Propane Canada Magazine. In recent articles, I have mentioned that the province of Ontario is in the process of developing … Continue reading

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TDG Training Requirements

This article, related to TDG Training Requirements, first appeared in the 2016 Mar/Apr edition of Propane Canada Magazine. This article addresses some of the questions posed to us at Fuels Learning Centre with respect to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods … Continue reading

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SaskPower Issues Bulletin to Revise B149.1 Code Related to Side Wall Venting Termination Requirements

This bulletin (02-2016) revises and clarifies the requirements identified in the 2015 edition of the B149.1 Natural Gas & Propane Installation Code as they relate to how side-wall venting must be terminated. Read More

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SaskPower Issues Bulletin Regarding Gas Inspections for New Homes

This bulletin (03-2016) clarifies the requirements that gas inspections on new homes are to be completed before the homeowner takes occupancy. Read More

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SaskPower Issues Bulletin Related to Concerns About Venting Appliances

This information bulletin (04-2016) discusses non-compliance issues related to the venting of appliances. Read More

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Standard Operating Procedures

This article, related to the importance of organizations to have and maintain effective Standard Operating Procedures, first appeared in the 2016 May/Jun edition of Propane Canada Magazine. Bill and I were quite surprised, when we received an inquiry at Fuels … Continue reading

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SaskPower Issued Three Information Bulletins

In May 2016, SaskPower issued three bulletins related to venting of appliances and gas systems in new homes as well as to identify common non-compliance issues.  To view the individual bulletins, simply click on the highlighted bulletin number below: Bulletin … Continue reading

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Strain From Building Settlement

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-06-01-B149.1 which describes the requirements for gas piping and tubing to accommodate building settlement. The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 affect the requirements. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Temporary Heat for Construction Sites

This is the 2nd revision to Bulletin G-08-01-B149.1/B149.2 which describes the requirements associated with the use of construction heaters and torches at construction sites. The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 and B149.2 affect these … Continue reading

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Side Wall Venting Terminations

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-01-10 which describes the requirements for the safe and effective venting of gas-fired appliances. The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 and the 2014 Building Code affect these … Continue reading

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Certification of Installations at High Altitudes

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-02-10 which describes the requirements for high altitude gas installations. The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 affect the requirements. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Direct Vent Appliances and Equipment

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-01-11 which describes the venting requirements related to high efficiency furnaces and hot water tanks. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to LPG Storage Tank Installation Requirements

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-02-11 which describes the requirements related to the installation of propane storage tanks. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Fuel Gas Pressure Piping in Plants

This is the 2nd revision to Bulletin G-03-11-ABSA which describes the requirements associated with the installation of fuel gas pressure piping in Alberta.  The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 affect the requirements. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to 200 PSIG Propane Storage Tanks

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-04-11-ABSA which describes the requirements related to the use of tanks designed for 200 PSIG. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Gas Fired Heaters

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-01-13 which describes the requirements for door air heaters, direct fired makeup heaters and non-circulating direct gas-fired industrial air heaters.  The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 affect … Continue reading

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Site Specific Gas-Fired Process Equipment

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-02-13 which describes the requirements for site specific gas-fired process equipment.  The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 affect the requirements. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Walkways and Guard Rails

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-01-14 which describes the requirements for safe access to appliances when installed on a sloped roof.  The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 affect the requirements. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Legacy Equipment Management Systems

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-02-14 which describes the requirements for legacy equipment management systems.  The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 affect the requirements. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Replacement Parts for Gas-Fired Appliances

      This is the 2nd revision to Bulletin G-01-03-B149 which describes the requirements associated with the installation of replacement parts on gas-fired appliances. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Inspection & Approval of Uncertified Appliances and Equipment

This is the 1st revision to Bulletin G-02-01a which describes the inspection requirements for uncertified appliances and equipment. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Propane & Natural Gas Permit Requirements

This is the 2nd revision to Bulletin G-03-02 Gas which describes the requirement to obtain permits for all new installations where gas is used for fuel purposes. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Propane Appliances on Roofs, Decks, and Balconies

This is the 3rd revision to Bulletin G-05-01-B149 which describes the requirements associated with the installation of barbeques on outdoor decks and balconies. The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 and B149.2 affect these installations. … Continue reading

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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Safety Services Issues Revision to Bulletin Related to Requirements for Venting of Gas Appliances

This is the 3rd revision to Bulletin G-05-02-B149.1 which describes the requirements for the venting of appliances.  The revision addresses how changes to the 2015 edition of the B149.1 affect the requirements. Read More

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Alberta Municipal Affairs Updates 17 Gas Safety Bulletins

In June 2016, Alberta Municipal Affairs, under the STANDATA banner, issued seventeen revisions to existing Gas Safety Bulletins. The purpose of these Information Bulletins is to clarify specific or additional requirements related to provincial gas safety and pressure vessel regulations. … Continue reading

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TSSA Identifies New Training Requirements

In February 2016, the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) issued new training requirements for what is to be included for specific Record of Training (ROT) categories. In Ontario, TSSA identifies a number of job-specific activities which require a Record … Continue reading

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Training Defined

So what does the term “training” really mean within the context of the propane industry? As a general rule, we usually think of training as an event where an individual learns the skills required to conduct job-specific tasks safely. The … Continue reading

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British Columbia Next Jurisdiction to Adopt 2015 Versions of B149 Codes

In July 2016, British Columbia became the next jurisdiction (and one of the last) to adopt the new 2015 versions of the CSA B149 codes. On July 28, 2016, Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minster Responsible for … Continue reading

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Propane Fired Outdoor Gas Fire Pits to be Removed from Service

On August 30, 2016, the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) issued Director’s Public Safety Order FS-221-2016.  This safety order calls for the IMMEDIATE removal from service of propane fired outdoor gas fire pits WBT and WBRT series manufactured by … Continue reading

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BCSA Identifies PRV Servicing & Inspection Intervals

On September 12, 2016, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued Directive D-BP-2016-01 named “Propane Storage Tank Pressure Relief Valve Servicing and Inspection Intervals.” The directive, issued by the Provincial Safety Manager, Boilers and Pressure Vessels, clarifies the timelines for … Continue reading

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TSSA Issues Updated Propane Code Adoption Document Amendment

On September 15, 2016, TSSA has amended their Propane Code Adoption Document.  This document adopts the 2015 versions of the B149 codes into regulation and provides additional requirements specific to compliance with theses national codes in Ontario. Read More

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BCSA Clarifies Training Requirements to Work on Propane Storage Tanks

On October 25, 2016, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued Directive D-BP/GA-2016-01 named “Personnel Inspection and Maintenance Certification Requirements for Propane Storage Tanks.” The directive clarifies the training/certification requirements for individuals performing regulated work on propane storage tanks.  Specifically, … Continue reading

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BCSA Identifies Conditions for 200 psig Propane Storage Tanks in Service

On October 25, 2016, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued Directive D-BP-2016-02 “Propane Storage Tanks with a Maximum Allowable Working Pressure of 200 psig.” The directive clarifies the conditions under which these tanks may remain in service.  The majority … Continue reading

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Alberta Issues Gas Safety Variance Related to Emergency Shutdown Systems at Construction Sites

This Gas Safety Variance addresses the limited space for proper installation and servicing of tanks, vapourizers and emergency shutdown systems at construction sites.  The variance specifically address the distance between direct-fired vapourizers and emergency shutdown system. Read More

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Transport Canada Publishes White Paper on TDG Training

Over the past several years, Transport Canada has held a number of consultations to determine to improve the quality and consistency of course ware used to train individuals on the requirements related to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods.  In 2016, … Continue reading

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TDG Newsletter – December 2016

In December 2016, Transport Canada issued Vol. 36, No. 2 of the TDG Newsletter. For a copy of the newsletter, click on the “Read More” button below. Read More

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TSSA Holds Propane Industry Workshops in 2017

Following the adoption of the 2015 versions of the B149 Codes, TSSA is offering Propane Industry Workshops in 2017.  The purpose of the workshops (dates and locations to be determined) is to help propane industry personnel to understand the impact … Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Safety Order Related to Gas and Propane Fireplaces

On January 20, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued Safety Order SO-GA 2017-01 entitled “Installation or Use of Natural Gas and Propane Fireplaces Manufactured by Security Fireplaces – Models SRGH36, SBGH36, DV73 and DV71″. This safety order requires … Continue reading

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BCSA Identifies Recognized Certificates for Transfer of Propane

On January 27, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued Directive D-GA 2017-01 entitled “Recognized Certificates for Transfer of Propane”. This Directive identifies which training courses related to the transfer of propane are recognized by BCSA for use in … Continue reading

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TSSA Issues Propane Code Adoption Document Amendment

On February 1, 2017, TSSA amended their Propane Code Adoption Document.  This document adopts the 2015 versions of the B149 codes into regulation and provides additional requirements specific to compliance with theses national codes in Ontario.  This Code Adoption Document … Continue reading

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SaskPower Issues Revision for Emergency Shutdown Systems on Propane Vaourizers

In February 2017, SaskPower issued Bulletin 01-2017 amending the B149.2-15 code to address clearance requirements for emergency shutdown systems on tank systems connected to direct-fired vapourizers.  The amendments to the requirements ensure compliance in limited installations, such as at construction … Continue reading

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BSCA Updates Recommendations for Annual Servicing for Gas Appliances

On February 23, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued a revision to Information Bulletin B-G5 071019 3 (Rev. 01) entitled “Annual Servicing for Gas Appliances”. This revised bulletin outlines the items that home owners should ensure are covered … Continue reading

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BCSA Updates Requirements for Gas Operating Permits

On February 23, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued the fourth revision to Information Bulletin B-G5 041108 4 (Rev. 04) entitled “Gas Operating Permit Requirements and Requirements for Operating Permit Holders to Obtain an Installation Permit”. This revised … Continue reading

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BCSA Revises Propane Cylinder Filling Requirements

On February 23, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued the first revision to Information Bulletin IB-GA 2012-01 (Rev. 01) entitled “Propane Cylinder Filling Requirements”. This revised bulletin clarifies the appropriate and approved methods for filling propane cylinders.  The … Continue reading

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BCSA Revises Bulletin Regarding Certification of Recreational Vehicles

On February 23, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued the second revision to Information Bulletin B-G5 051206 6 (Rev. 02) entitled “Gas Safety Certification of Recreational Vehicles”. This revised bulletin clarifies the requirements related to the resale of … Continue reading

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Gas Dryer Venting System Maintenance in BC

On February 23, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued Information Bulletin IB-GA 2017-02 entitled “Gas Dryer Venting System Maintenance.” The bulletin discusses the important role regular maintenance plays in the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning. To read and … Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Bulletin on Gas Fired Heaters Used Indoors

On February 23, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued Information Bulletin IB-GA 2017-02 entitled “Gas Fired Heaters Used Indoors.” The bulletin provides guidance in the proper use of gas fired heaters used indoors or under covered areas, such … Continue reading

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BCSA Updates Requirements for Gas Line Pressure Regulator Sizing

On February 23, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued a revision to Information Bulletin B-G5 071108 5 (Rev. 01) entitled “Gas line Pressure Regulator Sizing Requirements.” This revised bulletin outlines the requirements for gas line pressure regulator sizing … Continue reading

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BCSA Revises Hazardous Location Requirements

On February 25, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued the first revision to Information Bulletin IB-GA 2013-03 (Rev. 01) entitled “Hazardous Location Requirements – Gas Equipment Installations”. This revised bulletin clarifies what must be done a gas appliance … Continue reading

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BCSA Revises Bulletin on Portable Appliance and Fan Effects on Buildings

On February 25, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued the first revision to Information Bulletin IB-GA 2013-02 (Rev. 01) entitled “Portable Appliance and Fan Effects on Buildings”. This revised bulletin clarifies the potential of carbon monoxide accumulation when … Continue reading

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BCSA Updates Bulletin Regarding Pipe Sizing and Pressure Drop Requirements

On February 25, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued the first revision to Information Bulletin IB-GA 2013-01 (Rev. 01) entitled “Pipe Sizing and Pressure Drop Requirements”. This revised bulletin clarifies the requirement that when a conflict arises between … Continue reading

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BCSA Updates Bulletin on Clearance to Regulator or Over Pressure Relief Devices

On February 25, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued the third revision to Information Bulletin B-G5 051206 4 (Rev. 03) entitled “Clearance to Regulator or Over Pressure Relief Device”. This revised bulletin clarifies the clearance requirements for a … Continue reading

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BSCA Identifies Requirements for Incident and Hazard Reporting – Boilers/Pressure Vessels

On April 4, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued Information Bulletin IB-BP 2017-01 entitled “Incident and Hazard Reporting to BCSA Boilers, Pressure Vessels, Piping and Fittings”. This bulletin clarifies how to report incidents and hazards to the BC … Continue reading

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BSCA Identifies Requirements for Incident and Hazard Reporting – Gas

On April 4, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) issued Information Bulletin IB-GA 2017-03 entitled “Incident and Hazard Reporting to BCSA Gas”. This bulletin clarifies how to report incidents and hazards to the BC Safety Authority (Gas).  The bulletin … Continue reading

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TSSA Issues Updated Propane Code Adoption Document Amendment

On April 10, 2017, TSSA published an updated amendment to their Propane Code Adoption Document.  This document adopts the 2015 versions of the B149 codes into regulation and provides additional requirements specific to compliance with theses national codes in Ontario.  … Continue reading

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Alberta Provides List of Recognized Certification Bodies for Uncertified Appliances and Equipment

In June 2017, a Gas Safety Information Bulletin was issued to provide updated contact information for recognized certification and inspection bodies operating in Alberta.  The Bulletin also reminds readers that uncertified appliances and equipment must obtain special inspections and approvals … Continue reading

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Transportation of Dangerous Goods Newsletter – June 2017

 In June, 2017, Transport Canada issued its next Transportation of Dangerous Goods newsletter (Vol .37, No. 1).  The newsletter provides readers with updates on various programs and happenings within  the TDG Directorate. To read and download a copy of the … Continue reading

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Alberta Revises Bulletin Related to Replacement Parts for Gas Fired Appliances

In June 2017, Alberta Municipal Affairs – Safety Services issued the second revision to its Gas Safety Information Bulletin G-01-03-B149 [Rev 2] entitled “Replacement Parts for Gas Fired Appliance”. To read and download a copy of the bulletin, click on … Continue reading

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BCSA Updates List of Recognized Certificates for Transfer of Propane

On June 23, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) published the first revision to its Directive D-GA 2017-01 (Rev 01) entitled “Recognized Certificates for Transfer of Propane”. This Directive identifies which training courses related to the transfer of propane … Continue reading

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New Brunswick Adopts Updated CSA Codes into Regulations

On July 14, 2017, Technical Inspection Services of New Brunswick issued a notice to Gas Industry Stakeholders adopting the most recent versions of CSA codes and standards within their Propane, Natural and Medical Gas Regulations.  This includes the 2015 versions … Continue reading

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BCSA Issues Bulletin on Propane Vapourizer Emergency Shutdown System Requirements

On August 14, the BC Safety Authority issued a Bulletin to address clearance requirements for emergency shutdown systems on tank systems connected to direct-fired vapourizers.  The amendments to the requirements ensure compliance in limited installations, such as at construction sites. … Continue reading

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BCSA Clarifies Bonding Requirements

On August 14, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) published Information Bulletin IB-GA 2017-04 entitled “Electrical Bonding Requirements for Gas Piping or Tubing Systems“. This Directive clarifies the requirements for the bonding of gas systems as per the 2015 … Continue reading

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BCSA Updates Directive on Approved Certification Marks for Gas Appliances

On August 15, 2017, the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) published the sixth  revision to its Directive D-G5 051201 2 (Rev 6) entitled “Approved Certification Marks for Gas Appliances“. This Directive clarifies the various certification marks for gas appliances which … Continue reading

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BCSA Now Technical Safety BC

On September 19, 2017, the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) announced that it is adopting a new operating name and identity.  From now on, BC Safety Authority will be known as “Technical Safety BC“.  Along with a name change, Technical Safety BC … Continue reading

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