As the UK’s leading supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), Calor places huge importance on health and safety and has confirmed its commitment to promoting a safer industry by sponsoring the Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) Safety Conference for a second consecutive year.
Calor’s training coordinator, Phil Anderson, will be one of the key speakers during the conference delivering a practical guide to the safe use of LPG in materials handling contexts.
Calor’s Commitment to Training
Educating materials handling professionals about the safe use of LPG is nothing new for Phil Anderson, who delivers regular training courses, both within Calor’s dedicated training facility and on site at customer locations throughout the UK.
Calor’s core Safe Refuelling courses cover the key elements of LPG supply including hand operated units (HDUs) and electric dispenser units (EDUs). The courses include both theory and practical elements and cover the properties and hazards of LPG; the use of hoses; the siting and changing of cylinders; fuel storage; equipment maintenance; ventilation; and emergency procedures.
Bespoke training can also be arranged and carried out on site, taking into account any specific health and safety considerations at the customer’s location.
Aside from training, the technological advances that Calor has made, both in the supply and storage of LPG, have additional health and safety benefits.
For example, Calor’s larger capacity Fixed Fuel tanks (FFTs) are mounted onto the back of the forklift truck allowing direct refuelling from onsite bulk LPG tanks. This reduces manual handling requirements for businesses with large forklift fuel consumption. But this also aids productivity by actually reducing the time and frequency a driver spends re-fuelling the vehicle.
For bulk storage requirements, customers have the peace of mind that Calor takes full responsibility for all maintenance and testing of its FFTs, bulk tanks and integral fittings. Every ten years a comprehensive tank examination is completed in addition to delivery drivers been trained to carry out a full visual inspection at every visit. All components are replaced well within their working lifetime and when required the tank will be replaced at Calor’s cost. No compromises are made by Calor’s inspection team, who are audited by the United Kingdom Advisory Service (UKAS).
And when it comes to cylinder supply, unique to Calor FLT cylinders is Magnatract® technology which eliminates the risk of any small metal particles within the cylinder entering the vaporiser and interrupting supply. Moreover, Calor cylinders contain ‘memory plastic’ dip tubes instead of traditional metal tubes further eliminating the risk of internal tube fractures which could result in downtime. Such innovations from Calor can help alleviate potential sources of time consuming trouble for forklift trucks.
For additional peace of mind, each and every Calor cylinder is individually date stamped to ensure that safety tests and refurbishments are carried out at regular intervals. A pressure relief valve (PRV) is fitted to every cylinder to ensure safety in storage and use and Calor’s extensive network of gas stockists, combined with the largest LPG delivery network in the UK, means that cylinders do not need to be stored unnecessarily at customers’ premises in large quantities.
Calor’s forklift truck National Account Manager, Andy Kellett, says: “It is vital that forklift truck operators, as well as employees working in forklift areas, receive adequate training. Calor’s team offers unrivalled LPG knowledge, experience and technical expertise giving operators the assurance that all elements of health, safety and training will be considered at all times.
Calor’s dedicated team of technical experts is experienced in assessing businesses’ needs , paying particular attention to health and safety issues along with fuel supply, layout of refuelling areas and warehouse management.”
Phil Anderson concludes: “The annual FLTA Safety Conference looks at the measures that can be taken to minimise the risk of safety incidents and how best to share responsibility for health and safety issues and this is very much how we approach safety here at Calor.
Everyone has a duty to themselves and their colleagues to ensure procedures are followed minimising risk particularly in areas where forklift trucks are present.”
To aid understanding of the importance of health and safety, as well as illustrate the unique features of Calor’s LPG supply, Calor has produced a wide range of literature tailored to customers’ needs.
All literature is available upon request by calling Calor on 0800 216 659 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.