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6 Safety Tips: Kettles, Tar Pots, and Torches for Road Construction & Roofing



Propane is a widely used fuel source in Ontario, and the handling and use of propane kettles, tarpots, road tankers, and torches can pose significant safety risks if not handled properly. That's why it's important for those working with propane to receive proper safety training to ensure the safe handling and use of this equipment.


In Ontario, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is responsible for regulating the safe handling and use of propane. According to the Propane Storage and Handling Code, anyone who works with, transports, or stores propane, including equipment such as propane fuelled tar pots, must receive safety training. TSSA likewise requires that anyone operating propane kettles, tar pots, and torches be in possession of a valid TSSA-accredited Record of Training (ROT).


One of the main hazards of working with propane is the risk of fire or explosion. Propane is a flammable gas, and if it is not handled or stored properly, it can ignite and cause serious injury or damage. It's important to follow proper handling and storage procedures to minimize this risk and to promote a safe work environment.


Propane kettles, tarpots, road tankers, and torches are commonly used in a variety of industries, including construction, agriculture, and manufacturing. These appliances are commonly used to heat asphalt or tar for road construction and roof repair.


To ensure the safe use of propane kettles, tarpots, road tankers, and torches, it's important to follow these workplace safety tips:

  1. Create a safe workplace by using equipment that is in good condition, following safety procedures, wearing protective gear (PPE), and reporting unsafe conditions.

  2. Don't take shortcuts. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use to reduce the risk of workplace injuries.

  3. Keep the work area well-ventilated to minimize the risk of asphyxiation and carbon monoxide poisoning.

  4. Store propane cylinders in an upright position and in a well-ventilated area.

  5. Be aware of your surroundings and never use propane equipment near open flames or sources of heat.

  6. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergencies.

By following these safety tips and completing proper safety training, you can ensure the safe handling and use of propane kettles, tarpots, road tankers, and torches on the job site. Remember, the health and safety of yourself and those around you is always a top priority.


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