New safety guidance on the ownership and filling of freestanding LPG cylinders

Thursday 8th November 2018

UKLPG, the trade association for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), has published updated safety guidance for consumers and operators of public LPG refuelling facilities regarding the ownership and filling of freestanding LPG cylinders.

  • Standalone cylinder

Most cylinders are owned by and remain the property of the gas supplier whose name is marked on the cylinder. These cylinders are filled by weight and must only be filled in a dedicated filling plant by the gas supplier or their authorised filling contractor. It is unlawful for anyone else (either a company or private persons) to fill these cylinders.

Customer-owned freestanding LPG cylinders are also available and are generally sold to private persons who have responsibilities for their own cylinder. These cylinders are filled by volume and fitted with automatic overfill protection on the valve which automatically halts the filling at the correct level.

UKLPG has issued two new User Information Sheets specifically designed for consumers and operators of LPG refuelling facilities. For consumers, User Information Sheet 037 ‘Guidance for Private Ownership and Filling of ‘Freestanding’ Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Cylinders’ provides guidance to ensure that the implications of owning a refillable LPG cylinder are fully understood. For operators, User Information Sheet 026 ‘Guidance for Operators of Public Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Refuelling Facilities on the Filling of ‘Freestanding’ LPG Cylinders’ outlines a brief summary of the legal duties and implications for operators of public LPG refuelling facilities such as autogas stations that allow the refuelling of customer-owned freestanding LPG cylinders.

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The trade association for the LPG industry in the UK