Program Authorization:R.S. Title 40, Chapter 10, Part 1; R.S. Tile 3, Chapter 10, Part II
The mission of the Administrative Program is to promulgate and enforce rules that will allow for the safest possible distribution, handling and usage of liquefied petroleum gases and anhydrous ammonia, necessary for the protection, safety and security of the public, through inspections of storage facilities, equipment, and examination of personnel engaged in the industry.
The goals of the Administrative Program are:
1. Reduce loss of life and property through diligent enforcement of Louisiana law and rules and regulations and national standards as adopted by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission.
2. Manage the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission in an efficient, effective, and professional manner.
3. Increase support for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission.
4. Achieve compliance with codes in a voluntary manner, whenever possible.
5. Reduce burdensome requirements whenever practical without sacrificing safety.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Administrative Program will inspect all liquefied petroleum gas equipment that requires tagging used in Louisiana.
1 These inspections include transports, delivery trucks, anhydrous ammonia (NH3) Tanks, school buses, mass transit vehicles, and scales.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Administrative Program will test and/or license every dealer and/or employee who sells and/or handles liquefied petroleum gas in Louisiana.
3. The Administrative Program will increase voluntary compliance with Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission standards and regulations (as measured by the decrease of sanctions imposed as a percentage of inspections made and by the decrease of modifications required and tanks condemned as a percentage of inspections made) by the end of FY 1999-2000.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Administrative Program will provide continuing educational training to all commission inspectors in the safe handling, transportation and distribution of liquefied petroleum gases and anhydrous ammonia (at an average of 16 hours per inspector) so they can conduct a minimum of two seminars for handlers of liquefied petroleum gases and anhydrous ammonia in each inspector district.
1 These are new indicators. Inspectors will be trained by June 1998. Seminars will be conducted thereafter in each district
5. In FY 1998-99, the Administrative Program will establish reciprocal agreements with other states to reduce burdensome requirements on transporters and reduce commission costs.
1 These are new indicators. Legislation was passed in August 1997 allowing the Louisiana Petroleum Gas Commission to establish reciprocal agreements with other states in regard to competency certifications of transport drivers and inspection of transport vehicles
6. The Administrative Program will reduce the number of fires related to liquefied petroleum gas by 20% from FY 1999-2000 through FY 2002-2003 (5% per fiscal year), and by the end of FY 1998-99, the program will in place reliable database requirements that related fires be reported within 48 hours of knowledge of the fire.
1 FY 1998-99 will be the base year of the fire database.
2 Computations are estimates since there is no reliable database on liquefied petroleum gas related fires.
Explanatory Note: Historically, by rule, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Commission has required that all fires involving liquefied petroleum gas be reported within 48 hours. A rule change was made, effective March 1998, retaining the 48 hour requirement, but the triggering of the 48-hour time period is from the knowledge of the fire rather than the time of the fire.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This agency is funded with self-generated revenue derived from the sale of various licenses and permits to participate in the liquefied petroleum gas and anhydrous ammonia industry.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 111.7% of the existing operating budget. It represents 97.2% of the total request ($545,894) for this program. The increased funding is due to increased funding for acquisitions.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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