COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS
Compressed gas cylinders can pose serious hazards. Their contents can present chem-
ical hazards (lammable, toxic, corrosive) and the cylinders could present a physical hazard.
Valve protection caps must be in place when compressed gas cylinders are transported.
●Secure compressed gas cylinders in an upright position on an approved car-rier while being transported.
●Cylinders should never be stored horizontally in a vchicle. H andling
● Use only approved spark igniters to light torches.
Ifa leak devclops in a cylinder and it cannot be im mediately corrcted, move the cylinder to a safe location outside the building if possible and con-tact the fire department.
Keep oxygen and flammable gas regulators in proper working order and a wrench in position on the acetylene valve when in use.
Valve protection caps must be in place when compressed gas cylinders are stored.
●Close cylinder valves and replace valve prolection caps when work is com-plete and when cylinders are empty or moved. Keep cylinders at a safe distance or shielded from welding or cutting opera- tions.
Do not place cylinders where they can contact an electrical circuit.
●Cylinders must not be taken into or stored in confined spaces, including sheds, gang boxes and office/ storage trailers.
●Do not store hoses and regulators in unventilated or closed containers or areas.
●CONTRACTORS: Do not leave behind partially flled or empty cylinders.
Always remove them from the site.
If not connected to a manifold for immediate use, separate oxygen and flammable gas cylinders by 20-fect or a 5-foot high 30-minute fire rated barrier.
Group Discussion Topics.
How are your gas cylinders stored? Are they properly secured at the end of cach shift?
●Do you have empty or unwanted cylinders around your facilities? If so con- tact EHSEM or the compressed gas vendor to determine proper disposal methods.
Discuss how you could be injured by cylinders in your workplace and how this could be prevented.