One of the many objectives of the propane industry is to develop and use certain guidelines or standards to help manufacture equipment or to promote fire prevention and safe operation. There are many different types of propane utilization equipment used in thousands of applications, all of which require special standards.
These standards must be constantly updated to meet the changing needs and technology of the industry. NPGA relies upon and supports many institutes, societies, and associations whose sole purpose is to organize and develop these codes and standards.
However, if these standards and testing requirements are not enforced, they can easily lose their effectiveness. The job of enforcement is the responsibility of federal, state, and local governments and their departments. Part of NPGA’s mission is to ensure that these standards and their enforcement are reasonable, cost-effective and safety-based.
NPGA provides members with a means to engage federal agencies in the development, revision, or withdrawal of federal regulations. The propane industry is regulated by a complex network of federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Occupation Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In particular, the portable nature of propane and common delivery system are heavily regulated by the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within DOT. Employee training and communication on emergency procedures for propane, as a hazardous material, are intricately regulated by OSHA and the Department of Transportation. In addition, the energy efficiency standards of the products powered by propane, like water heaters and furnaces, are regulated by the Department of Energy. Federal regulations are a regular, daily component of a propane business and propane businesses are able to shape these regulations by interacting with federal agencies through NPGA.
Many regulatory activities by NGPA aim to remove or minimize federal regulations. But, there are great occasions to engage federal agencies in the development of regulations that support the propane industry, or enable opportunities to expand the utility and popularity of propane. NPGA regularly communicates with DOT on issues like bobtail and cylinder requalification, facility and training procedures, and safety processes. NPGA also presents research and development activities to DOE regarding advances in propane engine technology, greenhouse gas emissions, and full fuel cycle energy efficiency.
Interested in engaging? Join the Regulatory & Compliance Task Force of the Government Affairs Committee.