Added protections in the 2011 NFPA 58 will prevent failures, leaks, tampering, fires, and explosions. Updated to reflect safety practices, field experience, and industry advances, the 2011 NFPA 58: Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code provides today's criteria for all aspects of the safe design, construction, installation and operation of the full range of LP-Gas piping, equipment, and venting, along with highway transportation of LP-Gas.
New rules include cathodic protection for underground tanks guards against corrosion to preserve structural integrity. In most areas of the country, soil characteristics are detrimental to the integrity of steel containers buried underground. Corrosion creates pits or holes that left alone or ignored can lead to leaks, releasing propane into the ground.
The 2011 NFPA 58 requires ASME containers to have a cathodic protection system installed and periodically monitored to be sure it continues to meet expected performance standards. A new supplement in the companion 2011 NFPA 58: LP-Gas Code Handbook further discusses this important topic.
Other 2011 Code changes that make installations more secure include:
- Prohibition against using former rail car tanks as they do not meet standards of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
- New and revised requirements to ensure adequate training of people who install or handle propane tanks and piping materials
- Revised definitions clarify terminology for better understanding, application, and enforcement of rules
Base your decisions on hazard knowledge and mitigation strategies and achieve a higher level of propane safety. Referenced in countries around the globe, adopted in all 50 states, and part of the Department of Transportation's U.S. Pipeline Safety Regulations, NFPA 58 is a must for anyone whose work involves LP-Gas -- including installers, equipment manufacturers, engineers, inspectors, AHJs, facility owners, and insurers.
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