LP Gas Education and Safety Board
NJ DCA Division of Codes and Standards
For current LP Gas Regulations, go to Codes & Regulations, then to New Jersey Administrative Code, and search for “5:18.”
On Friday, May 14, 1999, Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Education and Safety Board bill. This was big news for the industry! The LPG Education and Safety Board is a partnership between industry and government. The idea for the Board was conceived by members of the New Jersey Propane Gas Association in response to the many regulatory bodies with oversight of the industry. In the mid-nineties, the Department of Labor indicated that they were considering assessing fees and creating new weights and measures laws with fees. There were some concerns as to the uniformity of these regulations and how they might be applied as well as the fact that this meant more oversight and higher costs. At that time, representatives of the industry requested an advisory board to allow for some input into regulations before they were implemented. The LPG Education and Safety Board is the result.
The Board was established with powers to adopt rules affecting the storage, handling, and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas. The Board is also empowered to establish and enforce licensing standards for liquefied petroleum gas distributors and to develop programs to promote the safe use of liquefied petroleum gas.
The New Jersey Propane Gas Association has been appreciative of the efforts of state lawmakers and the Governor in their support of this Board. NJPGA members who were first appointed by the Governor to represent the propane industry include: Thomas Leahy, Gerard C. Stocker, Larry Horowitz, Joseph M. Cummings, and William P. Curcio.
Several of the current NJPGA representatives on the LP Gas Board served as President of the Association and all have over 20 years experience in the propane industry. Because the Board is empowered to adopt rules setting standards for the design, construction, location, installation and operation of equipment for the propane industry in New Jersey, the combined experience of over 100 years will be of considerable value to the Board. In addition to the propane industry’s representatives, the Board has three fire safety professionals and representatives from the environmental community, consumer community, public utilities, along with a member from the public as selected by the Governor.