Docket 20082: Safety Training Courses 2014

  • Organization: New Jersey Propane Education and Research Foundation
  • Applicant: Judy Applebaum
  • State/Region: New Jersey
  • Project Start Date: 01/15/14
  • Project End Date: 01/14/15
  • Replicated Rebate: Docket 18332
  • Estimated Total Project Cost: $50,425.00
  • State Rebate Funds Awarded: $46,000.00
  • Total Amount Awarded: $46,000.00
  • Award Date: 03/25/14

Project Summary

A selection of four Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) courses and three additional safety courses would be provided in NJ to both members and non-members of the NJPGA in 2014. The courses would provide a formal structure for training, and CETP courses would provide testing and documentation to assure that workers in the propane industry have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their work safely and effectively. Not only is employee training mandated by DOT and NFPA, but the New Jersey Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 5:18 - Liquefied Petroleum Gas requires that employees of propane marketers be certified through the National Propane Gas Association's CETP program. Seven courses would be offered. All updated CETP materials would be used. Books would be ordered from PERC and the Compressed Gas Association. CETP exams would be ordered from ITS.

Statement of the Project

Certified Employee Training Program (CETP) courses provide a formal structure for training, testing and documentation to assure that workers in the propane industry have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform their work safely and effectively. Not only is employee training mandated by DOT and NFPA, but the New Jersey Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 5:18 - Liquefied Petroleum Gas requires that employees of propane marketers be certified through the National Propane Gas Association's CETP program. All employees need to complete the Basic Principles and Practices module within three months of hiring. Three other CETP modules must be completed within 21 months of hire. Any marketer including out-of-state marketers will be required to have certified employees operating within the State of New Jersey. New Jersey legislation requires that anyone handling propane be certified in CETP. As a result, the need for CETP classes in 2013 is significant. Four CETP courses are being planned to run in 2014. Three additional courses (refresher courses for NFPA 58, NFPA 54 and CGA C-6 & C-6.3) would also be offered. An email survey was sent to verify interest in these additional classes. Notification of these courses would be sent to both NJPGA members and non-members (prospective members list maintained by NJPGA). Notices and registration information would also be posted on the website at www.njpga.org or www.njpropane.org. The lack of any other statewide CETP course offerings in New Jersey suggests the need to conduct courses. Although the attendance of CETP courses offered in 2004 was peak, based on the attendance turnout for courses offered in 2005 through 2013, it was decided by the NJ PERF Board of Directors that these courses should continue to be offered in 2014. Properly trained and educated employees, customers and end-users mean a healthier organization and a better bottom line. Previous PERC funding was received for CETP training programs in 2003 (Docket #11075) and 2004 (Docket #11241) and 2005 (Docket #11611), 2006 (Docket #11891), 2007 (Docket #12237), 2008 (Docket #12503), 2009 (Docket #15696), 2010 (Docket #'s 16396 and 16728), 2011 (Docket #17028), 2012 (Docket #17552), and 2013 (Docket #18332). Essential personnel will include the instructor, Daniel S. Waters, President of Premier Safety Services; John T. Hart, President, Duck Harbor Energy Consultants LLC; NJPGA Headquarters contract personnel (applicant), who will be responsible for administration, coordination and management of all activities for each course offering; and Foundation Board members (applicant), who will be responsible for approval of all phases of the program.

Cost Benefit Analysis

For a discounted price, employees of propane marketer companies will be trained in the knowledge and skills needed to do their jobs safely. This, in turn, should enhance the safe use of propane and help prevent costly accidents.

Evaluation Statement

Since the goal of this project is to offer training courses to approximately 100 registrants from propane marketer companies in New Jersey, the actual attendee records from each of the seven courses will measure attendance and serve as a tool to evaluate the success of this project.

Budget and Statement of Costs

Costs (These are approximate, based on 10-15 attendees each of seven courses.) Instructor Fees & expenses 17,700 Books, tests, s/h 12,000 est Room rental 3,750 F & B 5,250 Misc. supplies 100 Admin/Management 11,625 Total est. expenses 50,425 Breakdowns are attached. Registrants would be charged a fee to offset other expenses after PERC funds are applied.