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Compressed gas cylinder safety information and training

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Safe handling of compressed gases in containers

Safety always comes first in every activity. Accordingly, a number of rules and regulations must be observed when handling compressed gas cylinder. The safe handling of compressed gases in containers includes all activities such as internal transport, storage, delivery, emptying and the actual use of the gases as well as maintenance and repair.

Compressed gas cylinder and gas supply systems are subject to statutory regulations.


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10 Rules for Safe Handling of Compressed Gases in Containers

  1. Perform risk assessment and prepare an operating instruction.
  2. Prior to handling compressed gas cylinders, the personnel should be instructed.
  3. Don’t throw and always secure compressed gas cylinders against toppling.
  4. Transport only with valve protection approved for the purpose, protected from slipping or rolling around.
  5. Protect compressed gas cylinders against dangerous heating (< 50 °C), avoid punctual heating from open flame or radiator.
  6. No refilling of gas in other compressed gas cylinders, prevent backflow
  7. Labelling should not be removed or damaged.
  8. Cylinder valves and pressure regulators must be kept free of oil and grease, operate gas supply systems only manually, when not in use close the cylinder valve.
  9. Withdraw gas only with appropriate pressure regulator, before connecting check seal.
  10. Don´t use damaged compressed gas cylinders, but label them and inform the supplier.

Compressed Gas Safety Training

Messer offers individual compressed gas safety training at your facility to educate your employees in the following topics:

  • Safe handling of compressed gases in containers 
  • Identification of gases, storage, internal transport
  • Possible causes of accidents and their prevention
  • Properties of gases
  • Correct handling of pressure regulators and gas supply systems

The aim of these compressed gas safety training is to convey the users of our products the most important information on safe handling of gases based on practical experience. 

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