Improving Propane Safety
McGuinty Government Protecting Ontario Families And Businesses
Ontario is implementing new requirements that will improve the safety of the propane industry.
As of January 1, 2011, Ontario will require all propane transfer facilities across the province to submit a Risk and Safety Management Plan (RSMP) with the province's Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). This plan will be required within 120 days of their 2011 licence renewal date.
The type and level of information required in each plan will depend on the size and capacity of the propane facility. For Ontario's 1,300 small propane facilities, their plan will need to include facility information, a site plan and map of the surrounding area, and an emergency response and preparedness plan. The province will use the information collected in these plans to determine whether any further requirements are needed for small facilities, and will put any new requirements in place by 2013.
All other propane facilities will be required to complete a more detailed plan prepared by an engineer.
The province is working with the TSSA and the Ontario Fire Marshal's office to provide propane operators and local fire services with the information and support they need to implement RSMPs.
- Small propane facilities are those with a total capacity of 5,000 US water gallons (USWG) or less and facilities where the fixed storage capacity is exactly 5,000 USWG and there is no more than 500 USWG of portable storage capacity on site.
- Risk and Safety Management Plans are a key recommendation of the independent Propane Safety Review Panel that was established in the fall of 2008 to make recommendations on the safe storage, handling, location and transportation of propane in the province.
- The plans apply to particular types of licensed transfer facilities, including retail outlets, filling plants, cardlock/keylocks and private outlets where propane is transferred into motor vehicles or cylinders.
“Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to require propane transfer facilities to complete risk and safety management plans. This means that Ontario has the highest propane safety standards in Canada, and that families and businesses across the province continue to have safe, convenient access to propane.”