Please be advised of a change coming in the 2020 NFPA 58 code requiring the inspection of the face seal on OPD valves.
It is important that this be communicated to anyone who is filling cylinders or taking the Dispensing Propane Safely program. Below is a link to download a one-sheet inspection guide to help you identify cylinder valve defects and understand the new code requirements.
Please notify your staff of the code change in the 2020 edition NFPA 58 2020 Edition section 126.96.36.199: Prior to filling a cylinder, the face seal on CGA 791 and 793 connections shall be visually inspected for defects (e.g., cracking, gouging, tearing, roping, etc.). If a defect on the face seal is found, the cylinder must not be filled. What it means If you are filling a cylinder with either of these valves, the face seal needs to be inspected prior to filling. Why it changed If you dispense propane into a cylinder with a damaged face seal, you may experience connection leaks, property damage, or personal injury. A cylinder with a damaged face seal is also a potential source of leakage to a customer that connects it to an appliance. What you can do Click here to download and share the document with your dispenser operators. Ctrl + click