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List of Articles for NCPGA Magazine

This is a list of articles written by the NCDA&CS Standards Division that appeared in the magazine for the North Carolina Propane Gas Association since November 1994. Use this as a reference to look up articles from your files or to request a copy.

Click on a year to take you to the listing for that year:
Year 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

2009

  • January '09 - Some Things Coming Due - Make sure your license is up to date and that you have scheduled upgrading your bulk plant.
  • February '09 - Continued Use of DOT Cylinders After 12 Years - A quick review of the rules for how DOT cylinders may continue in use after their initial qualification.
  • March '09 -
    1. Is Your Bulk Plant Ready for 2011? - Some status information about the effort to meet the upgrace due in 2011.
    2. Cylinder Explosion Incident - What was right and what was wrong at this cylinder refill.

2008

  • January '08 -
    1. Deadline Reminder and Submittal Requirements Change - some items coming due and adding contact information to bulk plant submittals
    2. New LP-Gas Site Inspectors Announced
  • February '08 - A Few Items That May Need Your Attention - Dealer license, sharing rules with those you supply, overfilling tanks
  • March '08 - When is a Gate Not a Gate? - Exploring the requirement for a second way to escape.
  • April '08 - New Dispenser Valving Rules
  • May '08 - Buying and Selling Propane Companies - Please keep us informed of changes.
  • June '08 - LP-Gas Dealer Licenses - explaining the need to have this license for certain activities
  • July '08 - Ammonia-Contaminated Cylinders - Some responsibility issues
  • August '08 - Responsibility - doing what is right on documentation and sharing information
  • September '08 - One Way to Protect Your Assets - protect tank dataplates
  • October '08 - Some Ideas From the TS&S Committee Meeting
  • November '08 - Inspections for Underground Tank Corrosion to Begin With the New Year
  • December '08 - To Wait or Not? - A summary of which installation activities require approval and which do not.

2007

  • January '07 - Reminder of Deadline for Meeting New Requirement
  • February '07 - Lack of Training Shuts Down Dispensing Sites
  • March '07 - Next Edition of the LP-Gas Code is Delayed
  • April '07 - A Hodgepodge of Items of Concern - ignition source control, methods of transporting cylinders, internal valves failing to close, UG tanks being installed by non-licensed individuals, maintenance logs not being kept up to date.
  • May '07 - Code Interpretations That May Help You - training for unusual dispensing sites and separation requirements for cylinder exchange
  • June '07 - Some Continuing Concerns with Dispensing Stations - training, scales, shutoffs, protection from vehicles, sources of ignition
  • July '07
  • August '07
  • September '07 - Proper Consideration of Your Soil - Will your soil support your bulk tank?
  • October '07 - Enforcement of the 2008 Edition of the LP-Gas Code - The effective date is 1/1/08.
  • November '07 - Description of Some LP-Gas Code Changes
  • December '07 - More LP-Gas Code Changes - Small LP-Gas Systems

2006

  • January '06 -
    1. Inspections of Underground Propane Tanks Restricted - Our inspections of UG tanks for corrosion testing are suspended .
    2. Troubling Underground Tank Installations - Reports of improper acts by propane companies to get tanks buried are described.
  • February '06 - Coal Mine Disaster Points Out Need for Response to Notices of Violations
  • March '06 - Extensions for Correcting Violations
  • April '06 - Explosion Proof Conduit - A discussion on what is required to meet the requirements for wiring in a hazardous area.
  • May '06 - What Happens When the Inspector is Not Watching?
  • June '06 - Hurricane Season and Flooding
  • July '06 - Exercise Valves and Releases - to keep them working when needed
  • August '06
    1. How to Speed Approval for Building a Propane Bulk Plant
    2. New Truck Inspector Began Working in July
  • September '06 - Reminder of an Upcoming Deadline - Valving requirements coming in 2011
  • October '06 - Rebuilding Your Equipment? - It's OK to make changes, but you need to follow the rules.
  • November '06 - Notification of Assumption of Service
  • December '06 - A Report from the Field - Thanks for help received and sharing of some concerns

2005

  • January '05 - Identifying Tanks - Emphasising the need for each company to properly identify tanks in use.
  • February '05
    1. Fire Safety Analysis; Normal, Alternative, and Manual
    2. Operating and Maintenance Procedure Warning Letters
  • March '05
    1. LP-Gas Inspections and Your Responsibilities
    2. New Inspector - Jamie Stokes is the new inspector for the NE corner of the state.
  • April '05
    1. Container Placement - Too many containers are improperly placed near building vents.
    2. Safety Warning - Don't use the wrong tool in a hazardous environment.
  • May '05 - Be Careful Who You Get to do Your Work - From burying tanks to running gas line, certain licenses and training are required. Be sure the person you contract with to do it for you meets those requirements.
  • June '05
    1. Some Truck Inspection Items - Some items you can do before the inspector arrrives to have a smoother inspection
    2. Proper Filling of OPD-Equipped Cylinder
  • July '05 - Some Thoughts on Meter Calibration - It is your responsibility to stop using a meter you know or suspect of being inaccurate.
  • August '05 - Fire Safety Analysis and Operating and Maintenance Procedures - Different Documents
  • September '05 - Stationary Installations and Notification - Clarification of the requirement to notify the authority having jurisdiction when certain capacity propane installations are intended.
  • October '05
    1. Limited Fuel and High Costs Affect Our Inspections
    2. Electric Meters - A Source of Ignition? - Revisiting a determination made several years ago
  • November '05 - A Training Snafu - Involving lack of proper training at a dispensing site
  • December '05 - LP-Gas Dealer License Renewal Time


2004

  • January '04
    1. Reminder Time - A reminder of some deadlines coming up for action items
    2. New LP-Gas Dealer Licenses - The new licenses are out. Do you have yours?
  • February '04
    1. Hose Couplings- Two-bolt hose couplings are still permitted
    2. Some Driver Concerns - Driver checklists, chock blocks, worn hoses, etc.
  • March '04 - Meters and Calibration - Stating a new requirement to include some additional information when replacing a Neptune register.
  • April '04 - Policy for Requalification of Large Stationary Cylinders - An article and a copy of the policy statement concerning our inspection practices for ensuring that older cylinders filled onsite are properly updated.
  • May '04 - Changes in the New LP-Gas Code - O&M Procedures and Large Cylinder Inspection
  • June '04 - More Changes in the 2004 Edition of NFPA 58
  • July '04
    1. Fire Safety Analysis or Alternative for Newer Bulk Plants
    2. Some Truck Concerns - Some concerns about changing registers and operation and availability of remote shutoff devices
  • August '04
    1. Bulkhead Design - Bulkheads are being improperly modified
    2. Tank Anchoring - Don't let storms catch you with tanks that could float away
  • September '04
    1. New Director for Standards Division
    2. New Inspections For Underground Tanks - New equipment allows us to test UG tanks for corrosion
  • October '04
    1. Hit by Floods Again - It's not just a coastal thing
    2. Operating Procudures and Maintenance Procedures - If you haven't done them, they are overdue
  • November '04 - Differences Between Fire Safety Analysis and O&M Procedures
  • December '04 - More on Underground Tank Inspections

2003

  • January '03
    1. Notification Rule Update
    2. A Few Notes About Invoking the "Law"
  • February '03
    1. Reminder of Coming Deadlines
    2. Documentation for Alternative to Fire Safety Analysis
  • March '03
    1. Notification of Non-notification
    2. Urgent Cylinder Filling Concern
  • April '03
    1. Security Issues

    2. Training for Dispensing Site Personnel
  • May '03
    1. New LP-Gas Inspector
    2. Getting Insurance Companies Involved
  • June '03
    1. "But the Last Inspector Said it was OK!" - Why a new inspector may find problems the previous inspector did not.
    2. Fence Requirements
  • July '03 Some Meter Calibration Questions Answered
  • August '03 Revised Protection From Vehicles Guidelines
  • September '03
    1. Board of Agriculture Makes Notification Rule Permanenet
    2. Fire Safety Analysis Alternative - More guidelines on what is expected
  • October '03
    1. NFPA 54 - The Forgotten Code - Where this code does apply in North Carolina
    2. Change of Address - Our new mailing address
  • November '03
    1. Identifying Tanks - Company identity should be clearly shown on tanks
    2. Burying Tanks by Unqualified Personnel
  • December '03
    1. Training for Dispenser Operation - A Continuing Concern
    2. Communication Clarity

2002

  • January '02
    1. Contacting Inspectors and Answering Questions
    2. Servicing Customer-Owned Tanks
  • February '02
    1. Proper Use of Thermal Elements
    2. Update on Buried Tank Coatings
  • March '02
    1. The Alternative to the Fire Safety Analysis is Here
    2. Requirement for a Fire Safety Analysis or Alternative
    3. TIA Delays Requalification of Stationary Cylinder
  • April '02
    1. New Truck Inspector
    2. New OPD Requirements in Effect
  • May '02
    1. LP-Gas Regulations Changes Pass Another Step
    2. New Meter Calibrators Certified
  • June '02
    1. Tank Covers
    2. Still Some Problems Filling Cylinders
  • July '02 Long Dispenser Hoses
  • August '02 Terminology and Requirements for Seal Break Reports
  • September '02 More Considerations for Burying Propane Tanks
  • October '02
    1. Reminders - Keep in mind the need to requalify large cylinders by 7/1/2004 and to meet fire safety requirements by 7/1/2005.
    2. We Welcome Wade Stanley
  • November '02 Small Container Filling Concern
  • December '02
    1. New Notification Regulation
    2. - A new requirement to notify in writing before disconnecting a competitor's container
    3. Time To Renew LP-Gas Dealer License

2001

  • January '01 Some Beginning of the Year Items to Check (includes information on LP-Gas Dealer licenses, price of record on advance payment deliveries, and introductory prices)
  • February '01 Proper Filling of Consumer Tanks and Cylinders
  • March '01
    1. State Budget Impacts on Inspections
    2. Frank Branch Passes Away
    3. Venting and Purging Concerns - You must be present and aware when venting or purging
  • April '01
    1. Meter Calibration - An Inspection
    2. Changes to NFPA 58
  • May '01
    1. Watching for Chock Blocks
    2. More Changes in the 2001 Edition of NFPA 58
  • June '01
    1. Even More Changes in the 2001 Edition of NFPA 58
    2. New Website Address
  • July '01 Changes to NFPA 58, the Last Installment
  • August '01
    1. Board Ruling on PEs for Fire Safety Analysis
    2. Update on OPDs and Other Cylinder Filling Concerns
  • September '01 New Inspector Assignment
  • October '01
    1. Some Recent Concerns - Problems found with using delivery trucks before the meter is calibrated and with burying tanks before they are properly prepared
    2. Some Determinations About Pricing - Consumer Protection Section determinations about certain charges for services
  • November '01 Security at Bulk Plants
  • December '01 Explanation of the Container Law

2000

  • January '00 LP-Gas Dealer Licenses (Time to renew)
  • February '00
      1. What Your License Should Mean To You
      2. A New Formal Interpretation for NFPA 58 (Concerns Overfilling Prevention Devices)
  • March '00
      1. Delivery Tickets (Requirements for what to show.)
      2. Fire Extinguisher Ratings
  • April '00 Cylinder Refilling Concerns
  • May '00
      1. Customer Cylinder Safety
      2. LP-Gas Inspectors Honored
      3. Propane Containers Under Stairs
  • June '00
      1. Long Hoses on Dispensers
      2. Minumum Requirements (Regulations are the minumum. You can do more.)
  • July '00 Relationships
  • August '00
      1. New Hose Identification Requirements
      2. New Agriculture Internet Pages
      3. Temperature Compensation
  • September '00 Clearing Up Some Questions (Discussing some hot topics on new hose inspection requirements and on changing propane suppliers)
  • October '00 Tank Anchoring - The Next Step
  • November '00
      1. Codes For Propane Containers (Applicable codes for containers and which ones can be used)
      2. Getting Serious About Overdue Inspection Reports
  • December '00
      1. Filling Cylinders Equipped With OPD Valves
      2. Responsibilities (Some assumed responsibilities when you operate a propane company)

1999

  • January/February '99
      1. Some Recent Concerns (RMP status and concerns about lack of training)
      2. Anchoring Tanks Clinic (announcement and description)
      3. Please Correct This Phone Number (our correct fax number)
  • March '99 State Seals and the Respect They Require (also information on how to become a Limited Petroleum Device Technician)
  • April '99
      1. Risk Management Program - Informing Customers
      2. Overfilling Propane Tanks - Don't
  • May '99 Results of Anchoring Clinics
  • June '99
      1. Reseller Piping Arrangement (Outlets on containers so inspectors can calibrate meters.)
      2. Floor Maintenance Machinery (Proper design, use, and storage)
  • July '99 Ignition Source Control
  • August '99 Remember to Clear Those Rejected Inspections
  • September '99 Motor Fuel Valves (Improper selection of valve.)
  • October '99 Proper Filling of Tanks on Recreational Vehicles
  • November '99
      1. Hurricane Floyd Flooding (The effects of the flooding on propane tanks.)
      2. Motor Fuel Vales Revisited
  • December '99
      1. Motor Fuel Vales Re-revisited
      2. New Cargo Tank Requirements

1998

  • January '98
      1. Important Buildings (Interpretation of NFPA 58 separation requirement)
      2. Overdue Inspection Reports
  • February '98 The Status of LP-Gas Licenses (Revisited)
  • March '98
      1. New Requirements for Submitting Bulk Plans
      2. Propane Tanks Underneath Buildings
      3. Expected New Rule for Exchange Cabinets
  • April '98 The New NFPA 58 (Some of the changes in the 1998 Edition)
  • May '98
      1. More Revisions To NFPA 58 (Some definitions, ESVs, manifolding tanks)
      2. Index of Articles in the NCPGA News (Annoncement of this listing)
  • June '98 Revisions to the LP-Gas Code, the Third Installment (Redundant Fail-Safe Product Control and Low Emission Transfer)
  • July '98
      1. Exchange Cabinet Rule Update
      2. Revisions To The LP-Gas Code, #4, OPDs
      3. Proposed Changes to the LP-Gas Laws (Getting your views heard)
  • August '98 Removing State Seals From Meters (notification requirements)
  • September '98
      1. Sending Insurance Notification
      2. The Risk Management Program and What It Means To You
      3. Protect Those Nameplates
  • October '98 Container Anchoring - Again
  • November '98
      1. Revised Cylinder Exchange Cabinet Requirements (TIA approved for separation requirements change.)
      2. Exemption From RMP Recommended For Farm Use of Propane
      3. New Requirement for Requalifying Cylinders (OPD now required.)
      4. New Licensed, Certified Meter Calibrators
  • December '98 How Much Did You Charge? (Clear statements of costs and how they are determined.)

1997

  • January '97 Container Anchoring - Rerevisited
  • February '97 Meter Calibration-Inspection or Service?
  • March '97 Update on Recent Bulk Plant and Transport Safety Concerns
  • April '97
      1. Interpretation of 49 CFR 171.5
      2. Meter Seals and Their Requirements
  • May '97 Training - Who does it?
  • June '97 A summary of Recent Issues - contains:
      1. Back-check valves at bulk plants
      2. Transport and Bobtail Interim Rules
      3. Unvented Heaters in Manufactured Homes
      4. Limited Gas Piping License
      5. Old Inspections
      6. LP-Gas Dealer Licenses
  • July '97
      1. Reinterpretation of a General Statute (concerning the activities suppliers are restricted from doing to another supplier’s equipment)
      2. Meter Seals Revisited (clarification of April ‘97 article)
  • August '97
      1. Temperature Compensation: What it Means to You
      2. Agriculture Information on the Internet
  • September '97
      1. A Revised 49 CFR 171.5 from US DOT
      2. Before you Work on that Meter....
      3. Requalification of DOT Cylinders
  • October '97 A Possible New LP-Gas State Regulation
  • November '97 Be Aware of Gradually Developing Problems
  • December '97 You Just Got Inspected. What next? (information for LP-Gas dealers on performing corrections when notified by inspectors of violations)

1996

  • January '96 The Standards Division - contains:
      1. Flexible Connectors on Trucks
      2. Identifying Tanks)
  • February '96 Confined Space Hazards (warning of LP-Gas oxygen displacement and anesthetic properties)
  • March '96
      1. Exchange Cabinet (containing some requirements concerning exchange cabinet installation)
      2. Container Identification
  • May '96 Protecting your Underground Tanks
  • June '96 Protecting your Underground Tanks - Part 2
  • August '96 File Tickets, What to do with Them
  • September '96
      1. Dispenser Site Tank Connections
      2. Anchoring of Propane Tanks in Areas Subject to Flooding
  • November '96 Container Anchoring - Revisited
  • December '96
      1. Is That Delivery Ticket Complete? (consumer standards requirements)
      2. Dispenser Site Problems

1995

  • June '95
      1. Qualification of Personnel (Training Requirements)
      2. Moving Propane Tanks
  • July '95 Safety Around Delivery Truck - (Guidelines for assisting an Inspector during the inspection of a bobtail).
  • September '95 Gas Grill Tank Changes
  • October-'95 What Happens When the Customer Owns the Tank? - (LP-Gas supplier requirements pertaining to customer owned tanks and cylinders)
  • November '95 Report from the Standards Division - contains:
      1. TIA Request About Tank Marking Denied
      2. Sign Those Inspection Reports
      3. Information Brochure About New Valves on 20-lbs. cylinders
  • December '95 Changes to NFPA 58 - contains:
      1. Protection Against the Effects of Snow
      2. Corrosion Protection
      3. Use of LP-Gas during emergencies

1994

  • November '94 Most Common LP-Gas Inspection Discrepancies

Last updated April 6, 2009

 

 
 

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