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District business take propane course

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About 50 people, representing 23 district businesses which deal in propane-related goods, are that much wiser as to its safe use after taking a four-hour training course at Confederation College here last week.

The businesses are team members of the Safe Communities Incentive Program (SCIP), which sponsored the course in conjunction with the Rainy River Future Development Corp.

SCIP co-ordinator Jeannette Cawston said the training course (given by safety advisor Dave Peplinskie of Dryden) was initiated to bring some of its 116 members up to speed with the latest propane legislation standards handed down last year by the Fuels Safety Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

The legislation requires that anyone who handles propane or propane-fuelled equipment must hold a certificate or have an accepted Record of Training (ROT).

As well, rental companies have said they will not rent propane-fuelled equipment unless they are shown proof of an appropriate certificate of ROT.

Failure to comply with the act can bring a fine or prison term, or both.

“Many businesses needed [the training],” Cawston said Monday. “I sent notices about the course to all members of the SCIP team and then targeted the construction, transportation, and logging industry sectors of SCIP because I felt they did a lot of work with propane.”

T.J. Kaemingh & Sons Ltd. of Emo had four staff members attend the training course, including co-owner Arnold Kaemingh. Although he already was familiar with propane-handling techniques, the course honed some safety issues for him.

“It was basically a method of confirming what we already knew [but] it was an eye-opener,” he remarked.

The course included some hands-on work with propane, including the correct lighting of tanker torches for 150,000-200,000 BTU heaters.

“The course showed the proper way of lighting and how to handle [the torch] when it’s lit--and the possibilities of what could happen if you didn’t do it right,” Kaemingh noted.

“It was a good overview of how to handle propane properly,” he added.

Cawston said the propane-handling training course will be offered again in the new year for other SCIP team members who are interested in it.

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