Compressed Gas Cylinders Condensed Safety Rules

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  • HANDLING AND USE

    • Secure all cylinders by a chain, strap, or on a cart (regardless of tank size)
    • Report/replace all cylinders in questionable condition
    • Label all cylinders with contents and stage of use (e.g., “full,” “in use,” “empty”)
    • Use gas cylinders in well ventilated areas only
    • Do not strike or allow cylinders to strike against one another
    • Keep cylinders away from sparks, flames, or radiant heat
    • Replace cap when cylinders are not in use or when a regulator is not attached
    • A proper gas regulator is required during use; improvised adapters are not allowed
    • Release pressure and close valve at the end of the day’s use
    • Handle empty cylinders with the same care as full cylinders

    TRANSPORTATION

    • Move cylinders only on a hand truck or other cart designed for such purpose
    • Do not handle more than one cylinder at a time unless a cart designed for such purpose is utilized

    STORAGE

    • Store in a cool, well ventilated and protected area, away from emergency exits
    • Do not let the temperature of the cylinders exceed 38° C (100° F)
    • Do not store corrosive gases for more than 6 months
    • Store cylinders by compatibility (e.g., hydrogen away from oxygen)

    *These rules are only intended to condense, highlight, and summarize the most commonly applicable safety aspects and do not supersede the University of Florida’s “Compressed Gas Cylinders: Use and Storage.”