Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety Part 2

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We use compressed gases for a variety of tasks at our facility. Yesterday we looked at storage of the cylinders . . . today we'll look at some tips for compressed gas handling and use.

Handling and Transporting

  • Transport cylinders securely on a cart designed for cylinder use;
  • Secure all cylinders during transport;
  • Turn all cylinder valves off;
  • Attach protective caps securely;
  • Prohibit cylinders' use as rollers or supports for other equipment;
  • Roll cylinders on their bottom edge when moving them short distances.

Using Compressed Gas

  • Inspect all cylinders, valves, regulators, hoses, torches and other equipment prior to use;
  • Position the cylinder valve end up when in use;
  • Place cylinders away from burning and cutting operations;
  • Vent the cylinder by slightly opening (cracking) valve prior to attaching a regulator or any hoses or piping. Avoid being in front of the valve opening when this is done;
  • Use the proper regulator for the cylinder to reduce pressure;
  • Ensure that all connectors are free of oil and grease;
  • Ensure that fuel gas and oxygen hoses are easily distinguishable. All other lines are to be identifiable;
  • Disconnect hose couplings with a rotary motion and a pull;
  • Open all valves slowly;
  • Use a friction lighter to ignite any flame;
  • Upon completion, close all valves;
  • Close cylinder valves tightly;
  • Close needle valves ‘finger tight’ to avoid damage to valve and/or valve stem;
  • Vent all hoses;
  • Use a diffuser regulated to less than 30 psi to blow away dust, dirt and debris.

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