Missouri Propane Safety Commission

Sunday, January 25, 2015



JOB OPPORTUNITY - Missouri Propane Safety Commission


An Inspector is needed to conduct safety and device inspections of propane storage, dispensing and utilization facilities located at various locations within the state of Missouri including service stations, bulk plants, airports, schools, nursing facilities and fuel terminals; enforce statutes and regulations; and provide consultation for new installations. Must have a minimum of five years’ technical experience in the propane industry relating to the installation, operation or repair of fuel storage, utilization and dispensing systems; considerable knowledge of NFPA pamphlets 54 and 58 safety standards; and computer skills. Extensive travel with frequent overnight stays is required. Salary range is $38,000-$45,000. Contact the Missouri Propane Safety Commission at 1(573)893-1073 or dcarroll@mopropanesc.org.


Main Job Duties:
* Inspectors conduct safety inspections at public locations (commercial facilities, schools, nursing homes, camps, etc.), and at locations that have bulk storage, dispensers and cylinder exchange cages. If and when inspectors see that the location is not compliant with a statute, rule or code, they will write a notice of violation to give to the person in charge of the facility. They will explain the notice and educate persons at the location to assist them bring the facility up to code.
* Inspectors review new installation applications and inspect for final approval before they’re placed into service.
* Inspectors give registration exams and interviews to persons wanting to start propane businesses.
* Consult with persons wanting technical information or advice.
* Inspectors investigate propane fires or explosions.
* Paperwork to be completed on a daily basis.
* Presentations at meetings of various entities: MPGA, safety counsels, etc.
* Inspectors also assist with administrative projects on a range of subjects.

Work Schedule:
* The work schedule is four, ten-hour days (either Mon-Thurs, or Tues-Fri), and are also on call 24/7. Extensive traveling is involved. Most weeks they are staying out on the road all three nights, and at home four nights per week. (when inspections require over 1 hour of driver time from home)
* Will work from a company car and hotel room.
* All equipment is provided and expenses are paid. Each has an iPad, cell phone, GPS system, and gas card to use. They are reimbursed monthly for lodging and incidentals or may choose to use a commission credit card. Meals are paid per meal rate.

Compensation and Benefits:
* Starting range is estimated at $38-$45,000 ($18-$22 per hr)
* Paid every other week, one week in arrears.
* Group Health Plan/dental with United Health Care. Employee’s premium is paid at 100%.
* 401k Plan – Employer may contribute 3% match of salary. There is a waiting period.
* Uniforms and yearly uniform allowance.
* 12 days/year paid vacation. There is a maximum accrual amount.
* 6 days/year paid sick leave.
* 6 basic holidays with pay.
* Benefits may change at any time!

Job Offer:
* Contingent on favorable background checks and a clean drug test.

Annual Leak Test - Missouri Propane Safety Commission - June 2013 - In section 2 CSR 90-10.011 (2) the rules state the "The inspection authority shall have discretional authority to require annual leak testing". At the most recent meeting of the commission this rule was reviewed and altered.

The Commission has decided not to require annual leak tests at some locations. All public facilities with a single 1000 gallon (or less) capacity tank, only used in vapor service will not be required to submit the annual leak tests. Your company may choose to continue this policy but it will not be required by the commission.

Multiple tanks, tanks exceeding 1000 gallon capacity and systems with vaporizers will continue with annual testing as in the past.

Retail marketers are still required to perform leak testing at any interruption of service.

Lite Cylinder Company Recall Notice - On May 24, 2013 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) mandated a recall of cylinders manufactured by Lite Cylinder Company. These cylinders may leak flammable gas or suddenly rupture.

PHMSA has been notified by The Lite Cylinder Company it is no longer in business and the company’s facility is now closed and unable to receive cylinders returned per the Recall Order.

Accordingly, we are providing the attached flyer for additional information. Updates about the recall are being posted to PHMSA’s website and on Twitter.

Questions can be directed to the PHMSA Information Hotline at 800-467-4922.

Timothy P. Butters
Deputy Administrator
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation

MPSC's History and Purpose

The Missouri Propane Safety Commission (MPSC) was created by the Missouri Propane Safety Act of 2007. The act transferred the responsibility of regulating propane from the Department of Agriculture to the commission. The MPSC became the inspection authority in October, 2008.

Nine members comprise the commission, which are appointed by the Governor. Commissioners serve five-year terms and have specific affiliations. The executive director of the commission administers, manages, and directs the affairs and business of the commission. Responsibilities of the MPSC include developing and implementing propane safety plans and programs, and promulgating, administering, and enforcing propane rules and regulations.

A per-gallon fee is charged to owners of odorized propane in the state which covers expenses of MPSC's activities, programs, and services. The MPSC may also set fees for permits, licenses, and certificates.

Through regulation, inspection, enforcement, investigation, and education, the Missouri Propane Safety Commission's mission is to foster environments safe from the hazards of liquefied petroleum gases within the state. All efforts of the commission are made in the interest of safety to life and property.