A compressed gas cylinder is widely used across various industries. This can range from medical, restaurants, to industrial settings like workshops, warehousing, and construction. In spite of the fact that different kinds of gases have has their own properties, they are similar when it comes to the hazards they bring with regards to identification and handling, as well as storing. All these gases may pose different complex risks from the physical size of a metal cylinder to the unstable nature of the compressed gas. This is also the reasons why storing them in a gas cylinder storage cage is a must.
For some industrial gas cylinders, they can be more than 2 meters high and could weight over 140 kg. In case the cylinder falls over, its pressurized valve could shear off, thus turning the cylinder into 170 mph torpedo. As a result, a devastating chain reaction happens.
Whenever you are handling or storing or transporting an industrial gas cylinder, it is important to recognize and implement the best practices that can help reduce the potential of serious injuries or fatalities in case of the incident.
Here are some tips that are specifically designed to heighten safety and security whenever you have to deal with gas cylinders.
Identify what you are handling
Make sure that you use the cylinder label in order to know the contents of the cylinder, instead of simply relying on its color. In case of a missing label or it is unreadable, avoid using the cylinder. All kinds of gases are unique in terms of hazards and properties, so if you are dealing or transferring cylinders, you should refer to the safety data sheet to understand the properties and risks of a specific product.
Check if the cylinders are in a safe state
If a cylinder shows a sign of heat damage, impact, or discoloration, treat it with extreme caution and call the supplier immediately.
Make sure that the cylinder is stored properly
A gas cylinder should always be in a vertical position and be stored and used in an area with good ventilation and away from direct ignition or heat. Also, the cylinders should be segregated according to type. You should also never keep any other product inside the gas cylinder storage cage, especially flammable materials. Empty and full cylinders should also be stored separately and make sure to rotate your stocks so the oldest one will be used up first.
Apply the best practices when transporting the cylinder
The cylinder should be secured properly in order to prevent them from getting knocked over and to restrict their movement. All of them needs to be secured with chocks and straps to prevent them from rolling. Particularly, make sure that their valves are well-protected so they will not be knocked open while on the move.
Utilize a manual and safe lifting technique
When you are lifting a cylinder, you need to have a firm hold around the collar or neck of a cylinder with your two hands. Your back should be straight and move into the cylinder as soon as it begins to rise. You should never lift it by its valve or the valve handwheel. Lastly, never try and catch when it falls. Instead, let it fall and move away from the area where it falls.
Keeping in mind all these things can guarantee the safety of everyone in the facility. These are just a few and simple things but being mindful of them makes all the difference.