PHMSA Releases Cylinder Advisory - 1/16/2012
During a recent investigation, PHMSA determined that between November 2008 and October 2011, Spears Fire & Safety requalified and marked with a Requalifier Identification Number (RIN) “B037” approximately 7,740 DOT specification cylinders after its authority to requalify high pressure cylinders expired on October 31, 2008. Additionally, the investigation revealed that during this period, Spears Fire & Safety (1) failed to condemn cylinders with a permanent expansion greater than 10 percent of total expansion, (2) on multiple occasions did not maintain the minimum test pressure for the required time and (3) improperly repeated pressure tests on cylinders required to be condemned. Cylinders that have not been properly requalified and marked in accordance with the HMR may not be filled with compressed gas or other hazardous material. View the complete safety advisory from PHMSA.
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