Ontario Government Improving Propane Safety
New Requirements Strengthen Protection For Ontario Families And Businesses
Ontario is implementing new rules that will strengthen propane safety and minimize the burden on Ontario businesses.
On January 1, 2015, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) will implement updated licensing requirements for propane transfer facilities, including:
- Moving from annual to risk-based inspections so that higher-risk facilities are inspected more frequently than lower-risk facilities
- Permitting facilities to select the most appropriate senior management person to complete the mandatory safety training that is required of staff who directly handle propane for transfer
Additionally, a new requirement to carry insurance will be set at minimums of $1 million for small propane transfer facilities and $5 million for medium-to-large propane transfer facilities. This requirement will come into force on January 1, 2016.
These changes build on existing licensing conditions, including the requirement that all propane transfer facilities have Risk and Safety Management Plans (RSMPs) in place and update them annually.
Protecting Ontario consumers is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- All propane transfer facilities across Ontario are required to submit an RSMP to the TSSA.
- Ontario has approximately 160 Level 2 propane facilities and 960 Level 1 facilities.
- Level 1 facilities are small propane facilities that have a total fixed storage capacity of 5,000 US water gallons (USWG) or less, and not more than 500 USWG of portable storage.
- Level 2 facilities have a fixed storage capacity of over 5,000 US water gallons (USWG), and more than 500 USWG of portable storage.
“Our government’s priority is to continuously look for ways to improve the safety and security of Ontario families. Through these newly strengthened rules, Ontario will continue to have the highest propane safety standards in Canada while ensuring we facilitate a prosperous business environment.”
The Honourable David Orazietti