Avoid Out of Test Cylinders

If out of test cylinders don’t normally catch your attention, now might be a good time to take notice.

Beginning October 1, 2013, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) put into effect several revised baseline penalties on Division 2.2 compressed gases, one of which will be a direct result of out of test cylinders. The new baseline penalties for filling – and offering – a cylinder with a Division 2.2 compressed gas when the cylinder is out of test or is past its authorized service life is now $5,000 to $7,500 per cylinder. So even if you have a relatively small number of cylinders, a modest 1% violation can quickly add up at $5,000 to $7,500 in penalties per cylinder.

The solution? TIMS Advanced Cylinder Management (ACM).

TIMS ACM helps you avoid out of test penalties using an integrated approach. This Advanced Cylinder Management tool easily handles potential ‘out of test oversights’ by issuing a warning to anyone filling an out of test cylinder. The result? You avoid costly penalties and your customers receive safe and properly tested cylinders. In addition, TIMS gives you an easy-to-run report to help you proactively manage any cylinders that are close to being out of test.

And if for some reason an out of test cylinder was missed during the fill process, ACM also allows you to choose from a set of alerts in Order Entry, Mobile, ACM or even RF applicable applications, so that users can be notified of out of test cylinders while in those programs as well.