Your legal requirements
The Queensland Government’s Queensland Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate advises that mobile food vendors (e.g. caravans, mobile food vans) attending events in Redland City must have a current Gas System Compliance Certificate (AS/NZS 5601:2:2010 Gas Installations).
The certificate is required under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004, which states:
The owner of a commercial vehicle or vessel must ensure the gas system in the vehicle or vessel is inspected, and has a gas compliance certificate or an interstate gas compliance certificate issued in relation to it, at least once in every 1 year period.
Ensure your certificate is available for Council officers to view throughout the event.
Caring for your gas appliances
Have your gas appliances checked regularly by a qualified person to ensure they always operate safely and efficiently. Always use a licensed gas fitter to install, repair, service and remove gas appliances.
Portable recreation LPG cylinders (barbecue, camping) need particular care. These cylinders usually contain 9kg of LPG and can be refilled or exchanged at most service stations.
All cylinders must have a valid 10-year stamp to be refilled. Gas refilling stations are obliged to check the date of every cylinder to be refilled. If the cylinder is not ‘in test’, it should not be filled.
Transporting cylinders safely
Keep LPG cylinders secure during transport and don’t carry them in the passenger compartment. The 9kg LPG cylinders can be transported only in enclosed vehicles to get the cylinder refilled (or exchanged). You can’t transport more than two LPG cylinders at a time.
When you do need to transport a LPG, store it securely in an upright position (so it can’t fall over or become a projectile), place in a boot or tray rather than a cabin, and avoid excess exposure to sunlight or heat.
Also check that:
- the service valve is turned off
- the safety relief valve is positioned so any gas release will not impinge on another LPG cylinder
- the LPG cylinder has a current test date (no more than 10 years)
- there is a screw plug in the cylinder outlet when not in use.
Storing your cylinders
Use and store your LPG cylinders in a well-ventilated area, and store away from excess heat and possible sources of ignition.
No ignition sources should be used within 500mm of the relief valves of a LPG cylinder, extending 1500mm from the tank.
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