Standards New Zealand has published AS/NZS 1596:2014 The storage and handling of LP Gas. This edition is a revision of AS/NZS 1596:2008. The standard provides designers, planners, operators, and regulators with technical and procedural requirements for installations for the safe storage and handling of LP gas.
AS/NZS 1596 covers requirements for the location, design, construction, commissioning, and operation of installations for the storage and handling of LP Gas, and includes the management of emergencies. The standard has been updated in the areas of safety and technical matters. Key changes include:
- updates in procedures to reflect industry best practice, including updates to references
- a new informative Appendix Q, ‘Impact protection’, to assess the requirements for the protection of tanks and cylinders from impact
- a new informative Appendix P, ‘Transport of portable LP gas cylinders for trade use’, covering the transport of cylinders for trade use
- several changes to address safety concerns in the hazardous nature of working in underground pits.
Appendix K has been reviewed to align the emergency planning aspects of the standard with current emergency services terminology and practice.
Many minor changes have also been made to align the standard with New Zealand regulatory practice.
AS/NZS 1596 is cited in the Code of Practice for In-situ filling of LPG cylinders (HSNO COP 38), and in the Hazardous Substances (Dangerous Goods and Scheduled Toxic Substances) Transfer Notice 2004.