3.6. Performing Railcar Product Transfers. CETP Program Disclaimer. Consult local jurisdictions for applicable codes, standard and legal requirements This material is not an exhaustive treatment of the subject and does not preclude other procedures to enhance safe
Performing Railcar Product Transfers
Learning Aids—These margin notes are provided to help you identify sources, take precautions, or give guidance on your job.
Warning: Important precaution that you should always remember when performing the identified task.
Tools: This task requires special tools or procedures.
PPE: This is a task that requires personal protection equipment.
Paper Work or Forms: This task should be documented on your company’s forms for compliance or legal reasons.
Safety Procedure: For your safety special precautions and safety guidelines apply to this task or operation of equipment.
Company S.O.P. : Follow your company’s Standard Operating Practices (or Procedures). Ifyou’re not sure of your company’s policy, check with your supervisor.
Electrical Hazard: This task involves an electrical hazard. Lockout and Tagout procedures must be followed.
Explosive/Fire Hazard: This task involves a fire or explosion hazard. Use appropriate precautions. Lockout and Tagout procedures may apply.
Technical Tips: This technique may be very useful as you do a task.
The National Fire Protection Association: References to sections of the LP-Gas Codes and Standards.
U.S. Department of Transportation: DOT has regulatory authority, both interstate and intrastate, over the transportation of hazardous materials. References to Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
Department of Labor: (OSHA) administers federal employee safety and health regulations.
Identifying Personal Protective Equipment Used in Propane Operations
Propane transfer operations involve moving product from one storage container to another. Transfer procedures and methods will vary based upon the type of container involved, container design and construction and location of the container. Therefore, it is very important to follow the proper safety practices during a propane transfer operation, including the use of PPE.
Mechanical hazards— Propane is stored and transferred under pressure—failure of transfer equipment can result in exposure to transfer hose whipping, flying parts, or propelled product under pressure.
Temperature hazards— Exposure of bodily tissues to liquid propane results in a refrigerating effect, causing immediate freezing of tissues with symptoms similar to extreme frostbite.
The most commonly used PPE is designed to protect the hands and eyes. Your company may require the use of additional PPE.
Always verify and follow your company’s policies and procedures regarding the use of personal protective equipment
PPE Used During Propane Transfer
Hand Protection— Proper fit of protective gloves is important because they should not be overly tight-fitting and should be easy to remove if they become filled or saturated with liquid propane.
Foot Protection— Safety shoes may be required for propane cylinder delivery personnel and service technicians since they provide protection when handling heavy cylinders, equipment and materials .
Head Protection— Hard hats may be mandatory when making propane deliveries at construction sites.
Figure 3. Ear Plugs
Figure 4. Acoustical Ear Muff Attachment on Hard Hat
Safety Guideline—If you have to raise your voice to be heard by someone less than two feet away, you and other workers in the area need hearing protection.
PPE Used During Propane Transfer
Work Clothing for Working with Flammables and Combustibles