Young or old (I've seen both), incompetence and lack of care is rampant... but I'm not really expecting any more for whatever small amount these people are paid. Compliance is the responsibility of station operators, and I agree they're lax... but they probably have little motivation to care, since unsafe practices probably don't lose them much business. Enforcement is the responsibility of the government, which appears to be ineffective (not just here, but widely, based on other discussions). I think the popularity of the exchange services is in part a response to retailers not wanting to manage this responsibility, or risk that enforcement might occur.
In addition to checking the date, the attendant should also :
- read the tare weight and volume (or water weight) to determine safe filled weight, if filling by weight
- read the volume (or water weight) to determine target volume fill, and open the 80% bleed valve (liquid level gauge), if filling by volume
- examine tank condition, including the bottom, for damage or rust.
Is anyone seeing the attendant filling their tanks doing all of these things?
Propane is probably not handled as well as gasoline and diesel, because for most stations propane is a minor sideline.
My point is just that my safety is my responsibility, so instead of entrusting it blindly to others, I take an active interest.