Health warning labels to be mandatory on LPG bottles under proposed new SA-BEST legislation

18 June 2020

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 being proposed by SA-BEST. 

SA-BEST MLC and Health spokesperson, Connie Bonaros, today introduced a Private Member’s Bill in State Parliament 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. 

Connie’s Dangerous Substances (LPG Cylinder Labelling) Amendment Bill 2020 is 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 this 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. 

“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,” Connie said. 

“I have spoken to Paddy’s father, Adrian, who speaks glowingly of his beloved son who sadly made one silly mistake that ultimately cost him his life,” she said. 

“Adrian believes Paddy would not have done what he did that night if he had known the significant dangers he was placing himself in by inhaling the LPG. 

“While these laws should have been introduced years ago, they will nonetheless raise crucial awareness of the dangers of inhaling LPG every time a gas bottle is sold or refilled. 

“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, I am calling the proposed new legislation Paddy’s Law. 

“I am confident all sides of politics will support this very important – and potentially life-saving – legislation as a priority and the new laws can come into force as a matter of urgency. 

Under Connie’s proposed new legislation, 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. 

Connie said she has already initiated discussions on her proposed new legislation with her Federal Centre Alliance colleagues about the prospects of them introducing similar laws nationally. 

“It is obvious we need greater awareness and educations around this crucial issue – and if these proposed new laws save just one life, that is one life saved.”

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