- Cylinders of compressed gases must be
handled as high-energy sources and therefore as potential
- Fasten cylinders securely at all times in
an upright position
- Safety caps should be in place at all times
during storage and transport of cylinders
- Close cylinder valves when not in use, then
bleed pressure from the regulator (an attached regulator with a
closed discharge valve is not sufficient)
- Never tamper with safety devices in valves
- Move cylinders using a suitable hand
- Use compressed gases only in
well-ventilated areas. Toxic, flammable and corrosive gases should
be handled in a hood.
- When returning empty cylinders, close the
valve, leaving some positive pressure in the cylinder. Replace any
valve outlet and protective caps originally shipped with the
cylinder. Mark the cylinder "empty" and store in a designated area
for return to the supplier.
- Before using cylinders, read all label
information and data sheets associated with the gas being used.
Observe all applicable safety practices.
- Check all cylinders and connections under
pressure for leaks prior to using the contents
- Use cylinders only with matched connectors
and proper CGA (Compressed Gas Association) regulators for each
specific type of gas. Never install cylinder adapters on a
regulator. Fire, explosion, and contamination may result when a
dissimilar regulator/cylinder combination is used.
- Stand to the side so that you are not in
front of or behind the pressure gauge and slowly open the cylinder
- Attend the gas cylinder safety training
class on August 20th 9am in Room 132 General Services
Building. Sign up by calling Donna Bowman at 8475.