Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety
- Any gas which is stored under pressure in cylinder is called Compressed Gas.
- Main types of compressed gasses are Liquified, Non-Liquified and Dissolved.
- Mark Storage area properly and make it designated for cylinder only.
- Always stored compressed gas cylinder in a secure upright condition.
- Ensure valve is covered with valve protection cap.
- Always store different gas cylinder separately or maintain safe distance between them.
- Don`t temper compressed gas cylinder.
- Always store gas cylinder under shade to avoid direct sunlight and high temperature. Also ensure no risk of stuck by, fall on or knocked by any object or equipment.
- Always store full and empty cylinders separately, remove empty cylinders from workplace.
- Always make fire extinguisher available at storage of compressed gas cylinder.
- Keep compressed gas cylinder away at safe distance from welding and cutting operation or any area where are there is spark or open flame.
- Do not place cylinder where there are chances of electrical circuit contact.
- Do not store Compressed Gas Cylinder in confined spaces.
- Follow colour coding and signages for identification during storage.
- Always follow Compressed Gas Cylinder rules and regulation as per legal requirement.
- Material Safety Data sheet (MSDS) shall be available and accessible to workmen.
- Ensure Compressed Gas Cylinders should be labelled and clearly identifiable.
- Always inspect Compressed Gas Cylinder and its accessory prior to use every time.
- Always open valves slowly with dual care.
- Keep cylinder secured while in use.
- Always give compressed gas cylinder for filling to authorized agency.
- Never try to fill from one Compressed Gas Cylinder to another.
- Never attempt to repair valves or regulators.
- Never oil and grease to valve or to compressed gas cylinders.
- Always use designated key for opening valve of compressed Gas cylinder wherever required.
- Use of approved regulator for Compressed Gas cylinder as per legal requirement.
- Always get Compressed Gas Cylinders from government authorised distributor.
- In case of any leakage don`t try to correct it, immediately move cylinder to safe location far from building and contact Safety department immediately.
- Make sure pressure relieve valve are in place to monitor pressure of Compressed Gas Cylinder.
- Always remove compressed Gas Cylinders from work area after completion of work. Close valve and cover it with protection cap while not in use.
- Only trained and experienced workmen allowed to handle Compressed Gas Cylinders with suitable personal protective equipment or PPE.
- Never roll compressed gas cylinder on the road to transport.
- Keep cylinder upright while transporting.
- Remove all attachments while moving Compressed Gas Cylinders.
- Never transport Compressed Gas Cylinders by hooking or hoisting with their collar.
- Use appropriate hand truck or cart for transportation of Compressed Gas Cylinders.
- Avoid dropping/Bumping of cylinder against walls, floor, structure, etc.
- Only trained and competent person allowed for transportation activity.
Some Common Hazards associated with Compressed Gas Cylinder:
- Highly pressurised.
- Asphyxiation (Due to displacement of Oxygen or Enrichment of Compressed Gas).
- Physical hazards like fall on, stuck by, caught between, etc.
- Health effects in case of contact with Compressed Gas.
- Projectile Potential (In case of valve breaks, it can be projected across work environments, flying at high speed and can harm whoever comes in path).
Note: Please refer MSDS to get gas specific details of hazards, first aid, etc. Do Job Safety Analysis & Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment thoroughly.