GAS CYLINDER SAFETY GUIDELINES

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Filed Under (Tips and Review) by admin on 29-11-2010

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COMPRESSED AND LIQUEFIED GAS HANDLING The following requirements shall apply to the handling of gas cylinders: Compressed gases shall be handled only by properly trained persons. Training must include the contents of this guideline as well as any specific information relevant to the gas being used and emergency information outlined in ISU’s Chemical Hygiene Plan, available at ISU EH&S or Ames Laboratory ESH&A. Safety shoes are required when moving cylinders. Cylinders should not be dragged or physically carried. Transport cylinders with a handtruck designed for the transport of cylinders. Cylinder caps shall be secured during transport. Prevent damage to cylinders. Locate cylinders where they will be protected from physical damage by striking or falling objects, corrosion or damage from public tampering. No person other than the gas supplier shall attempt to mix gases in a cylinder. Cylinders shall not be subjected to artificially created low temperatures without approval from the supplier. Containers shall not be used for any other purpose than holding the contents as received. Damaged or leaking cylinders must be reported to EH&S or local safety office immediately for proper disposal. See disposal information on page 8. Cylinders shall not be picked up by the cap. Ropes, chains and slings shall not be used to suspend cylinders, unless cylinder was designed for such. Magnets shall not be used for lifting cylinders. Where appropriate lifting attachments have not been provided on the cylinder/container, suitable cradles or platforms to hold the containers shall be used for lifting. The user shall not paint cylinders. Leaking, defective, fire burned and corroded containers shall not be shipped without the approval of the supplier. See references in Appendix A.