Compressed Gas Safety

Compressed gas cylinders contain a very large amount of energy, which, if
released improperly, can result in serious injury. II. General Safety
A. Cylinders of compressed gas must be secured at all times so that they
Freestanding cylinders must be properly chained to a
permanent building structure or supported in a proper cylinder stand.
C. Cylinders must be stored in a well ventilated area.
D. Hand trucks, carts, dollies, etc., must be used in moving cylinders. DO
NOT roll or drag cylinders.
E. Do not attempt to repair damaged cylinders or to force frozen or stuck
cylinder valves.
valve, contact Materials Distribution at 6-4768 for assistance.
G. Cylinders must have the valve protection cap in place at all times except
nonflammable gases are stored. The sign must read “Caution Oxidizing
Gas(es) Stored Within, No Smoking”. Areas containing flammable gases
I. Oxidizing gases must be stored separately from flammable gases or
combustible materials.

Pressure Regulators and Needle Valves The use of oil, grease, or lubricants on valves, regulators, or fittings
iv. When attaching regulators or needle valves, tighten firmly with the
v. Open valves slowly. packing, the connecting fittings, the regulator or needle valve