March 21 2022
In Brief
Spring is officially here, which may give you a little downtime to tackle training. In this edition of the Monday Morning Messenger, TPGA highlights the complimentary propane hazmat training available online from PERC to help propane retailers comply with U.S. DOT hazmat training requirements.

Speaking of U.S. DOT, FMCSA has been on a rulemaking frenzy; lately, it seems. Their latest rule adds flexibility to tech that can be in the cab commercial motor vehicles, especially when it comes to the driver's line of sight. Read our second story of the morning to learn what truck tech you can mount and where.

On a separate note, both TPGA and NPGA are proactive when it comes to code development. Recently, NPGA met and considered some additional proposals on the upcoming edition of NFPA 58 being developed. See what changes they are considering for the new edition of NFPA 58 in our third story of the morning.

Additionally, check out our Upcoming Events section for fast access to details on our upcoming board meeting at Margaritaville and information on our Convention on the San Antonio Riverwalk this June.

Lastly, check out our Quick Links section to access the Winter Fuels Weekly Pricing & Supply Update and our TPGA Store, where members get discounts.
In this issue

  • In Brief
  • FREE Hazmat Training
  • Federal Rules Eased on Truck Tech Allowances
  • Code Development
  • Upcoming Events
  • Quick Links
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FREE Initial & Refresher Hazmat Training Is Available Online
Hazmat training is required within the first 90 days of employment and every 3 years subsequently for hazmat employees.

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has developed interactive online hazmat training.

The initial online course for new hazmat employees consists of 11 modules (4-5 hours) and the refresher course is 9 modules (3.5 hours). The training does not have to be completed in one sitting and is self-paced.

How to take the course
  1. Your hazmat employee just needs to go to https://training.propane.com/ to take the course.
  2. Log in or register.
  3. Click on Safety & Technical Training
  4. Click on OSHA & DOT folder
  5. Click on the applicable hazmat training course, either
  • Initial OSHA & Hazmat (for new employees) or
  • DOT Employee Hazmat Refresher
(for previously trained staff)

Once completed, the course will appear on their permanent downloadable transcript on PERC's online learning center and there will also be a downloadable printable certificate.
FMCSA eases rules for truck
driver-assist devices
Temporary exemptions no longer needed
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to increase the area on the interior of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) windshields where certain vehicle safety technology devices can be mounted. In addition, FMCSA adds items to the definition of vehicle safety technology.

The amendments do not mandate the use of any devices/technologies, but simply permit their voluntary use while mounted in a location that maximizes their effectiveness without impairing operational safety.
Under the existing § 393.5 Definitions, vehicle safety technology includes a fleet-related incident management system, performance or behavior management system, speed management system, lane departure warning system, forward collision warning or mitigation system, active cruise control system, and transponder. Under the final rule, this definition will also include braking warning systems, braking assist systems, driver camera systems, attention assist warning, GPS, and traffic sign recognition. Vehicle safety technology includes systems and devices that contain cameras, lidar, radar, sensors, and/or video.

The change to § 393.60(e)(1)(ii) expands the area available for mounting vehicle safety technologies on the interior of a windshield. Devices with vehicle safety technologies may be mounted:
·        Not more than 216 mm (8.5 inches) below the upper edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers;
·        Not more than 175 mm (7 inches) above the lower edge of the area swept by the windshield wipers; and
·        Outside the driver's sightlines to the road & highway signs & signals.
NPGA’s Technology, Standards & Safety Committee Proposals
The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA)’s Technology, Standards & Safety Committee met March 6-8, 2022, in Charlotte, NC, to review the ongoing development of the 2023 edition of NFPA 58 and consider dockets and proposals to improve codes and standards for the industry.

During the general meeting, four docket proposals were advanced for review and comment, including
  • addressing flood control requirements for containers
  • advanced methods for product control at bulk plants

In addition, two proposals were advanced for letter ballot, including
  • addressing acceptable colors for tracer wire installed to locate underground plastic piping; and
  • addressing the requirement for conducting a fire safety analysis at bulk and industrial plants.

The Committee will next meet in September, and all NPGA members are invited to attend. Questions? Contact NPGA’s Bruce Swiecicki at bswiecicki@npga.org.
Upcoming Events
2nd Qtr 2022 TPGA Board & Committee Meetings at Texas Margaritaville Resort
April 12-13, 2022
Join TPGA for the spring board & committee meetings in Montgomery, TX, the second week of April. The event includes dinner at the Waterside Cove Lounge at the Margaritaville Resort.
2022 Crossroads Propane Expo & Conference
San Antonio Riverwalk
held in conjunction with Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo
June 20-22, 2022

Join TPGA for our annual conference & expo. Over 275+ booths, two expos in one with a regulatory pavilion. Enjoy fun with a Casino Party Kickoff, Welcome Reception with live music, President's Cocktail & Gala as well.
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