Propane Safety: Forklift Safety

For safe operation:


  • Maintain adequate ventilation in facilities forklifts will be in use
  • Safe handling of propane
  • Keep up on regular forklift maintenance
  • Keep employees up to date on training
  • Perform a thorough safety check of equipment before each use
  • When exchaning the cylinder, personell must wear protective equipment including gloves, and safety glasses
  • People who have not been properly trained should never attempt to exchange a propane cylinder.
  • All people responsible for operating forklifts and changing cylinders must have forklift manufacturer operator safety training courses and be up to Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) standards.


  • Do not use metal tools when changing cylinder
  • Do not let the cylinder get too hot
  • Do not drag, drop, roll, slide, or bang cylinder against other objects
  • Do not use flames, or any head source to check for leaks
  • Do not use more than 2 LPG cylinders on a forklift truck

Contact Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) for proper training and procedure or your Michigan Propane Gas Association


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