As of Feb. 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require all new commercial driver’s license and hazard materials endorsement applicants to successfully complete entry-level driver training before they are eligible to sit for state CDL or Hazmat exams.
Join PERC Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m. EST (11:30 CST) for a webinar about a new program from PERC and NPGA to assist propane industry members with the new federally mandated entry level driver training requirements..
Heating oil and propane prices have already surged, and if things break badly, we could be in for an even worse ride.
When prices spike, they create a host of problems. Customers start searching for new suppliers, payments slow down, and receivables increase. Margins are squeezed. Coming on the heels of increases in driver and technician wages and an extremely warm fall, it is a recipe for pain.
Join industry leaders who are working with propane and heating oil companies to mitigate the worst of the fall out. To register, click HERE.
Consumer Alert: How to read Your Propane Tank Gauge
List Your Job Openings for Free on Propane Connect
A coalition of five Midwest state propane gas associations has launched a new job board website to help match job seekers with potential employment. The new Propane Connect website can be utilized by propane companies looking to hire new team members and job seekers within the region looking for career opportunities . Propane Connect was created to help meet workforce needs within the Mid-States region. Participating state associations include Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Propane companies serving the Mid-States region can upload their employer information and browse qualified candidates to find employees who match their employment criteria. Candidates looking for a propane job can upload a resume and view available positions by region and job description. Propane industry careers include transport drivers, delivery drivers, service technicians and customer service representatives.
The COVID-19 situation is still fluid. As an essential business, propane marketers are on the frontline providing a much needed resource to homes and businesses throughout the state of Oklahoma. We encourage all propane marketers to stay in contact with their customers regarding their company policies and encouraging them to keep their tanks filled. If you need any assistance with talking points, brochures or statement stuffers, please don’t hesitate to call.
DON’T GET CAUGHT OUT OF GAS
Propane Customers Encouraged To Not Let Their Tanks Run Empty To Further Minimize Their Risk of Exposure to Covid-19
As concerns regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to spread throughout our state, the health and well-being of our customers and employees are a top priority of the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association and the Oklahoma LP Gas Board.
In these unprecedented times, we want to help propane company employees and consumers minimize their risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Every precautionary measure is being taken to safeguard against this health threat. However, to reduce the risk even further, we encourage propane consumers to keep their tanks full.
There are strict laws regarding out-of-gas situations. These regulations require anyone delivering propane to an out-of-gas customer (or new customer) to perform a complete system check before the tank is refilled. This leak/safety check requires your propane professional to enter your home, therefore creating a personal contact situation.
Kris Sanders, OPGA Executive Director said, “We want to make sure our propane customers always have the heat and hot water they need. However, we want to keep them and our employees safe during this current health crisis”
OPGA and the LP Gas Board recommend contacting your propane dealer to refill your tank before it reaches 25% capacity. You can monitor your tank levels by reading the gauge attached to your tank.
Larry Snodgrass, LP Gas Board Administrator stated, “It all comes down to service and safety. We want to provide uninterrupted service to propane consumers but need to protect everyone involved at the same time.”
It is the purpose of the Oklahoma Propane Gas Association to promote this industry and to coordinate its activities to the end that OPGA may serve to the fullest extent possible the best interests of both the propane gas industry and the consuming public.
OPGA is and shall remain committed to increasing the effectiveness of gas service for light, heat, and power; to advancing the methods of manufacture, distribution, utilization, sales, and accounting relative to this industry; to advancing the public’s knowledge of, and appreciation for, the unique qualities of propane as well as its various and diverse uses; and shall encourage, now and in the future, economic advancement, safety, conservation and standardization within this industry.
Propane’s Excellent Adventure A propane-powered pickup made history for Oklahoma’s propane industry as it traveled from New York to San Francisco…
Commonly referred to as Propane, LP Gas is one of the nation’s most versatile sources of energy. In fact, propane fuels everything from the rides at Disney World to the Olympic Torch. Propane also supplies about 4 percent of our total energy needs.
Propane exists both as a liquid and as a gas. At atmospheric pressure and temperatures above –44 F, propane is a non-toxic, colorless and odorless gas. An identifying odor is added to propane so it can be readily detected. When contained in an approved cylinder or tank, propane exists both as a liquid and a vapor. The vapor is released from the container as a clean-burning fuel gas. Propane is also 270 times more compact as a liquid than as a gas making it economical to store and to transport. Approximately 90 percent of our propane supplies are produced here in the United States and another 7 percent comes from Canada. Propane is produced from the refining of crude oil and the processing of natural gas and it’s a readily available, secure energy source whose environmental benefits are widely recognized. Propane is an approved alternative clean fuel included in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992.
Oklahoma Propane Gas Association
4200 N. Lindsay Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105