The "How" And "What" You Need To Focus On While Handling Compressed Gas

On 7 Jul., 2021

Carry out the equipment properly so that the device’s application does not affect the Medical Gas cylinder.

The "How" And "What" You Need To Focus On While Handling Compressed Gas

Compressed gases are stored in heavy-walled metal cylinders that are specially designed to contain them. While the cylinders can come in different sizes and shapes, they have to meet CSA standards for transportation as well as manufacturing so that it is safer for the user to utilize them without worry.

This standard covers such requirements for the sake of inspection, testing, manufacturing, marking, requalification, reheat treatment, rebuilding, and repair of cylinders. But is this enough to ensure that the compressed gas cylinders are handled carefully?

Until the cylinder reaches its destined destination, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer and transporter to assure its safety. However, as soon as it reaches the intended recipient, one has to follow certain precautionary steps to maintain safety.

In case you don't know what they are, we are here to tell you what they are. You have to start with equipment maintenance.

How to Safely Handle Compressed Gas Cylinders | Lab Manager

The "How-to" Of Equipment Maintenance:

Conducting regular equipment is crucial as it helps you spot situations where compressed gases are handled and stored. What your aim should be to ensure that this equipment is operating normally. So you should start with,

●       Examining regulatory, cylinder connections, and pressure relief valves.

●       Checking out the cylinder to notice whether it is free of corrosion, leakage, puttings, gouges, or dents.

With the regular check-out of the equipment, you can prevent any hazardous accident from taking place. That is why you have to follow the instructions written below to create awareness.

●       Tell the employees about possible hazards of materials that one may encounter. Share with the precautionary steps as well.

●       Carry out the equipment properly so that the device’s application does not affect the Medical Gas cylinder.

●       You have to teach them the importance of avoiding forcible connections. In other words, using homemade adaptors, tampering with the cylinder is a strict no-no.

●       Spread the word that they are required to comply with the applicable regulations. However, if anything bad happens, they are to contact the gas suppliers for their expertise.

So "What" Are The Basic Safe Practices That One Should Adopt While Handling The Compressed Gas Cylinders?

While handling Medical Grade Oxygen cylinders, the person in question must adopt general safe practices to protect the surrounding from any dangers.

●       Start with reading the MSDSs and the labels of all the materials that are available in the lab.

●       Knowledge is the key, so knowing the hazards of materials you are dealing with will help you prevent them.

●       Check the label of the compressed gas you are dealing with.

●       You have to store the compressed gas cylinders in a place where it is cool, well-ventilated, and dry. Moreover, they have to be away from the incompatible materials and sources that could cause ignition. Further, the temperature of the area should not exceed more than 52°C.

Ending note:

Apart from the precautions regarding the storing methods, one also needs to spread awareness regarding the handling procedure. For example, rolling, dragging, or dropping the cylinder should never be done. The valve protection should not be fastened until usage.  All these methods will prevent you from any arising complications.