Gas cylinders have the potential to cause serious injury, damage, fire or explosion if not handled correctly.
- Only cylinders approved for use and carrying current test stamps should be used.
- Use a trolley to move cylinders or get help.
- Don’t lift or secure round the valve.
- Don’t drop, drag or allow cylinders to hit each other. If the valve breaks off, the stored energy in the cylinder will turn it into an uncontrolled missile.
- Always treat cylinders as being full and handle them carefully.
- Cylinders must be stored upright and chained in a well ventilated place.
- Do not store or leave cylinders by doorways as they may be hit by a passing forklift truck.
- Prevent cylinders rolling about in the back of vehicles – secure them upright.
- Don’t store cylinders in the same area as flammable substances, oil, grease, etc.
- Never use oil or grease on valves, hoses or attachments of oxygen cylinders as there is a possibility of a fire or explosion.
- Open cylinder valves slowly.
- Acetylene cylinders must always be stored and used in an upright position.
- If a cylinder is leaking, warn fellow workers, tell your supervisor and vacate the area.
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