Liquified petroleum gas (LPG) is a highly flammable gas and is dangerous if not used safely. Because it is easily ignited, you need to know how to stay safe when using and storing it.
What are the dangers of LPG?
- LPG can catch fire very easily.
- If LPG leaks, it will evaporate and form a large cloud of gas, which will settle in low spots such as drains or basements. This can cause a fire or suffocation hazard.
- LPG can cause cold burns if in contact with the skin, or act as an asphyxiant (meaning you won’t be able to breathe) if present in high concentrations.
- Breathing in LPG can make you sick.
Staying safe when using LPG
We have produced guidance on the safe handling of LPG.
LPG in industry
This quick guide gives advice on how to safely manage the risks of using LPG in commercial premises including factories and warehouses.
LPG in hospitality
This quick guide gives advice on how to safely manage the risks of using LPG in cafes, bars, restaurants, fast-food outlets and market stalls.
Delivering LPG cylinders
This quick guide gives advice on the responsibilities of people who are delivering LPG to workplaces and non-workplaces. There are different rules you need to follow if you delivering LPG to a non-workplace. WorkSafe has produced this guide together with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
- Safe living with gas
- Using LPG at home(external link) (Environmental Protection Agency)