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Safe Handling And Storage Of Cylinder Valves And Gas Cylinders

By Ann Jordan

Gas cylinders can be quite dangerous if mishandled or treated without respect. They may rupture violently and release poisonous content and become fast moving projectiles. If your cylinder valves are accidentally broken off, the container could be propelled as far as one mile high. Considering the average pressure being around 2,500 PSI they could move up to around 30 miles per hour in a moment. There are some very basic safety handling or storage procedures anyone can follow so they are a little safer.

Always try to use the least hazardous gases that you can that will still work with. Always purchase your supplies in realistic amounts that can be used and stored safely. When picking up or having your gas supplies delivered, always make sure your bottles are returnable and in good working condition. Make sure the labels are clear and legible.

There are some important things you should go through when you receive your tanks. Always check for any leaks. Check that your valves are completely shut off and your covers is completely screwed on. Look at your tanks ensuring they have no damage and are labeled correctly. Do not put them by any electrical connections.

If you find a tank that is in poor condition, damaged, leaking or is possibly mislabeled with unknown contents; ask your vendor to change them out as soon as possible. Separate the tank so it is not mixed in with the good tanks. When moving tanks always wear the proper equipment to protect yourself from getting hurt.

Because all cylinders must be marked it is easy to separate them correctly. When ever it is possible they should always be stored together, in compatible groups. Any full tanks should be apart from empty ones. Empty tanks should be marked with some tape, and remember it is always the possible there may be some gas left over in them. Any corrosive gas should always be stored separate from flammable gas.

Always store your tanks upright in a sturdy position in a place that has no debris or other litter. Any tank containing oxygen must be placed a minimum of 20 feet apart from your flammable gases. Also, if any tanks are left in a cart they should be individually secured using a chain or thick leather belt at all times. Leave any protective caps on the tanks when they are not being used.

Some things you should never do are common sense. Never move a tank by rolling it on the floor. Never attempt to carry them by the valve. Never leave open cylinders unattended. Never try to dispose of your tanks in the garbage. Always use the right attachments for the right tanks. Do not try to find leaks with an open flame.

Basic handling and storage will always comes down to being sensible. The weakest part of your tank will always be the cylinder valves. It is important that whenever they are not being used they are completely closed and all your caps are on. Following these basic rules helps ensure a safer working environment those people who work with you every day as well as yourself.

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Jordan, Ann "Safe Handling And Storage Of Cylinder Valves And Gas Cylinders." Safe Handling And Storage Of Cylinder Valves And Gas Cylinders. 10 Apr. 2013. 3 Aug 2014 <>.

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