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Reimbursement claims are typically paid within 4 months of submittal

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Reimbursement claims are typically paid within 4 months of submittal

    BILL OWENS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Governor Division of Oil and Public Safety LP-Gas Inspection Program RICK GRICE th633 17 Street, Suite 500, Denver CO 80202 Executive Director Phone 303/318-8533 Fax 303/318-8488 RICHARD O. PIPER E-mail oil.publicsafety@state.co.us Web http://ops.cdle.state.co.us Division Director

    REQUIREMENTS FOR CALIBRATING, ADJUSTING & SEALING

    LP-GAS METERS IN COLORADO

1. The tolerances established by N.I.S.T. (National Institute of Standards and Technology) for propane (LP-Gas)

    meters are:

    Normal (fast) test Repeatability

     (1) Acceptance tolerance 0.6% (1) Tests at same flow rate 0.4%

     (2) Maintenance tolerance 1.0%

    Special (slow) test Determining which tolerance to apply

     (1) Acceptance tolerance 1.0% (1) Apply acceptance tolerance to new meters that have

    never been calibrated and sealed by the OPS. (2) Maintenance tolerance 1.0%

    (2) Apply acceptance tolerance to existing meters that Automatic Temperature Compensator (Tolerance have been repaired or adjusted within the past 30 days. between compensator engaged and disengaged) (3) Apply maintenance tolerance to existing meters that (1) Mechanical ATC 1.0% were not repaired or adjusted within the past 30 days. (2) Electronic ATC 0.5%

2. Any meter whose initial calibration is outside the acceptable tolerance as established by N.I.S.T. (National

    Institute of Standards and Technology) must be adjusted to as close to zero as possible. Any meter that

    cannot be adjusted to the N.I.S.T. tolerance on the negative side will be immediately placed out of service. Any

    meter that cannot be adjusted to the N.I.S.T. tolerance on the positive side will be placed out of service only at

    the meter owner’s request.

3. Only employees of companies authorized by the Division of Oil and Public Safety (the OPS) may adjust and seal

    LPG truck and retail meters in Colorado.

4. Only employees who have individually been authorized by the OPS may adjust and seal LPG truck and retail

    meters in Colorado.

5. Meter owners/operators may not adjust and seal their own meters. Only a third-party may adjust and seal

    meters.

6. Only N.I.S.T. Handbook 105-4-compliant volumetric provers may be used to calibrate LPG meters. Use a prover

    large enough to accommodate the maximum flow rate of the meter. In general, use at least a 100-gallon prover

    to calibrate a truck meter, and at least a 25-gallon prover to calibrate a retail meter.

7. All provers must be calibrated by a NIST certified state metrology laboratory. All provers must be re-calibrated

    every 24 months, or earlier if the prover has sustained damage or if there is reason to question its accuracy. [In

    Colorado, the state metrology laboratory is at the CO. Dept. of Agriculture, Measurement Standards Section,

    3125 Wyandot St. Denver, CO 80211-3859, phone 303-477-4220. Certification from another state’s metrology

    laboratory is also acceptable.]

8. Proper calibration of an LPG meter includes the following:

    a. Fast test as found, with compensator engaged. [If there is no compensator, omit this test.] If within

     tolerance, then

    b. Fast test with compensator disengaged. If within tolerance, then

    c. Slow test with compensator disengaged.

9. Each company authorized to calibrate, adjust and seal LPG meters shall apply to renew its authorization every

    12 months, using the form provided by the OPS.

10. Each individual authorized to calibrate, adjust and seal LPG meters shall apply to renew his/her authorization

    every 12 months, using the form provided by the OPS.

11. No company or individual whose authorization to calibrate, adjust and seal LPG meters has lapsed or been

    rescinded by the OPS may seal LPG meters.

12. Seals shall be lead and wire seals at least 3/8” in diameter.

13. The seal press shall identify the company and the identifying number of the individual technician who calibrated

    and sealed the meter.

14. Each company authorized to calibrate, adjust and seal LPG meters in Colorado shall provide to the OPS a

    legible copy of its identifying company seal.

15. The OPS may rescind a company’s or an individual’s authorization to adjust and seal LPG meters if any of the

    following occur:

    a. Follow-up inspections by the OPS indicate multiple instances when the actual calibration is outside NIST

    tolerance.

    b. Follow-up inspections by the OPS indicate unusual circumstances, such as all adjustments showing a

    negative amount.

    c. Information on a company’s or individual’s application is found to be false.

16. Each company whose employees calibrate, adjust and seal LPG meters will provide to the OPS reports of new

    or remanufactured meters placed in service, repaired meters returned to service, and in-service meters

    calibrated and sealed. These reports shall be on the forms required by the OPS and shall be submitted to the

    OPS within seven (7) days of the activity date.

17. An individual authorized by the OPS to seal LPG meters shall return to his/her employer the company seal at

    such time as his employment with that company ceases.

18. Allowing private companies to adjust and seal LP-Gas meters does not in any way compromise or replace the

    state’s calibration program. OPS inspectors will continue to calibrate, adjust, and seal all Colorado LP-Gas

    meters as scheduled, regardless of whether a private company has already performed this function. Only OPS

    inspectors may use the official OPS lead seal. Private technicians will use their company’s identifying seal.

I have read and understood the foregoing requirements, and I agree to abide by them.

    Signed: Date: Print or type name: Title:

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