LPG offers the advantage of low carbon emissions, but has risks if not managed correctly. According to a RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) report which analysed the safety of piped and bottled LPG during the five-year period from 2009/10 to 2013/14, the number of fatalities due to explosions or fire varied. More promisingly, however, non-fatal explosions or fires increased slightly at first but then decreased to less than the original count (excluding carbon monoxide statistics). This more positive trend might have been due to increased safety awareness and better safety practises.
Businesses that may use LPG and so are required to display warning signs include industrial heating installations or electrical generators, as well as garages, farms and car fleets. Some camping and caravan sites also use LPG, or workshops with welding or cutting machinery.
Displaying correct hazard warning signs is important to raise awareness of possible dangers, and to comply with Health and Safety regulations and legislation. With correct signs, employees and visitors know that there are explosive or flammable liquids in the area; sometimes more than one sign may need to be displayed. At The Sign Shed, different types of hazard specific signs are available including a rectangular ’Danger – Highly flammable’ safety sign and an ‘LPG Highly flammable’ warning sign.
If you would like more information about the range of safety signs or advice about their correct use in the workplace, please contact our helpful and knowledgeable staff at The Sign Shed, the online home of UK safety signs. We will be delighted to advise and assist.