To ensure propane installations are done in accordance with the safety codes Home Gas Ltd recently held a training session to certify local propane appliance technicians and government authorities.
‘In 2012 the propane industry will celebrate 100 years of dependable service,’ said Dayne Brady, general manager of Home Gas Ltd.
‘Home Gas has been serving these islands for the past 50 years. Ensuring that propane gas usage here is safe continues to be our highest priority. It’s why we consider proper training essential for professional installers, inspectors and others involved in the propane business,’ Mr. Brady said.
Recently, Home Gas offered a Certified Employee Training Program course developed by the National Propane Gas Association and the Propane Education and Research Council. This weeklong training program encompasses all aspects of handling liquid propane and operational procedures for vapor distribution systems and safe propane gas installation practices.
The course was taught by Mr. Peter Patrick who has more than 45 years experience in the propane industry. ‘This industry has a long standing reputation for being very safe,’ said Mr. Patrick.
‘People respect what you inspect. Having knowledgeable inspectors in place to enforce the codes will help see to it that propane is used safely here by everyone,’ said Mr. Patrick.
‘It’s just as important for the front line of propane installers to understand exactly what they are doing and why, when they are installing propane systems in people’s homes and businesses,’ Mr. Patrick said.
People who attended the Certified Employee Training session were, Assistant Building Control Officer LeRoy Bodine, Inspectors Maurice Lawson and James Smith, with the Building Control Unit of Planning; Alton Wilson with Hews Hotel and Restaurant Supplies; Archie Pacheco with FT Air Conditioning, Gibson Edwards with G.E. Electrical; and Easton Blake, Donovan Newell and Katie O’Neill with Home Gas Ltd.
Some propane gas installations done on the islands prior to the safety standards currently being enforced may be in need of upgrading. The Cayman Islands government and Home Gas are working together to do inspections which will result in all gas installations being brought up to meet the National Fire Protection standards as well as the International Fuel Gas Code.
The authority in the Cayman Islands having jurisdiction to determine whether a propane system can be safely built on a property is the Building Control Unit within the Planning Department. Attendees from the Building Control Unit at the recent CETP training course were there to solidify their understanding of the codes regulating propane safety and requirements needed to ensure an installation is done properly.
The Assistant Building Control Officer Bodine said, ‘With the four propane explosions this year in Grand Cayman it is obvious had the occupants used a certified installer those incidents would not have happened. Having participated in the CETP certification program I can attest that this in a step in the right direction in training individuals on how to install propane systems safely.’
Inspector Lawson said, ‘It’s important for everyone to realize that the Building Control Unit is the first step needed to get approval to install a propane system in their home or business. Our goal is to make sure that their plans will work in accordance with the codes and everything will be safe when all is said and done,’
Inspections are currently underway and any consumer’s propane gas installation which needs upgrading will receive notification that their installation is unsafe. This notification will outline what has to be done to bring the installation up to standard.
‘If you receive a notification that your gas system is unsafe, please cooperate and have your gas installation upgraded,’ said Mr. Brady. ‘The required change may seem painful at the time, but keep in mind the changes suggested will make you safer,’ he said.
For more information, please contact Dayne Brady at Home Gas Tel. No. 949-9339.