Health warning labels on LPG bottles now mandatory after Parliament passes new laws
Labels warning of the potentially fatal dangers of inhaling liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will be mandatory on all LPG bottles sold or refilled in South Australia under national-first laws passed by State Parliament today.
The Lower House today voted to support a Private Member’s Bill introduced by SA-BEST MLC and Health spokesperson, Connie Bonaros – and introduced into the Lower House by Labor MP, Blair Boyer - banning the sale of LPG bottles unless the cylinder in which the gas is sold or supplied - or to which the gas is transferred at the point of sale or supply – has an appropriate label warning that inhaling the gas may cause injury or death.
“These new laws will save lives – make no mistake about it,” Connie said.
“I don’t want any family to have to go through the same tragedy that Paddy Ryan’s family has - and continues - to go through each and every day,” she said.
“If this Bill saves but one life, it is worth its weight in gold.
“Tragically, a loving son, a devoted brother, a loyal friend, and a very valued young member of the community had to lose his life for these laws to be introduced.
Blair said: “This is a victory for common sense.
“Nothing will bring back Paddy Ryan but his father Adrian should be proud that his incredible advocacy on this issue has finally resulted in a practical measure that will hopefully prevent another death like Paddy’s.”
The laws passed today are in direct response to the tragic death of Port Lincoln teenager, Paddy Ryan, 16, who died of heart failure minutes after inhaling LPG gas at a party in February last year.
And it follows calls from Paddy’s father, Adrian, who has been passionately lobbying for mandated health warnings for LPG products and who recently had 500 “Inhalation can be fatal” warning labels printed and is handing them out to Port Lincoln locals to stick on their gas bottles.
Fines of up to $50,000 will apply to those who contravene the laws.
Under the new laws, the warning signs will generally be at least 10cm in length – except in the case of smaller gas bottles, where the minimum size of the warning sign will be 2cm in length.
The Bill was carried with some technical amendments introduced by Blair addressing issued raised by industry. Blair and Connie thanked the broad multi-partisan support for successful passage of the Bill.
“I have spoken to Paddy’s family today and they are overjoyed,” Connie said.
“I thank them for their trusting us to introduce such important changes to the law that wouldn’t have been possible without their guidance and commitment,” she said.
“While it is obviously too late for Paddy, hopefully the warning labels will save other lives and save other families from having to go through the pain and hurt that Paddy’s family lives with.
“In honour of Paddy and his family, we have called these new laws Paddy’s Law.”
The Bill will return to the Upper House later today for final approval. Connie and Blair said they hoped other jurisdictions would follow South Australia’s lead.