Ensure Safe Storage of Cylinders
At Hocon Industrial Gas, we have been providing our customers with a wide array of industrial, specialty, cryogenic and medical gases for more than 30 years.
Over that time, our first priority has always been ensuring the safety of our customers with our knowledgeable staff and array of safety products.
We want to take that to the next level and share reminders about how these gases should be stored and handled once Hocon Industrial Gas safely delivers them to your business.
The basics for a safe storage space
- A dry, cool, well-ventilated space
- At least 20 feet between cylinders and any combustible material such as oil, paper, wood or grease
- Fuel gas cylinders must be kept at least 20 feet from any oxidizer (oxygen, nitrous oxide and bromine are some examples) cylinders
- No unnecessary uncontrolled ignition sources or combustion materials in a storage area for compressed gas cylinders
- Store cylinders away from vehicle traffic, stairs, corridors and paths of egress
- Put up appropriate warning signs where cylinders are stored, and make sure they’re well-placed for visibility
That’s the beginning. Of course, a lot depends on what kind of gases you are using. Toxic gases such as ammonia, ethylamine and chlorine need to be stored in a ventilated space that is fully sprinkled.
Safely store, handle and maintain cylinders
Here are a few more important reminders.
- Store cylinders upright, securing them in a proper cylinder cart
- Keep valves completely closed and secure any protective devices such as valve cover caps
- Avoid storing cylinders in lockers to prevent gas buildup
- Store empty cylinders apart from full ones
- Clearly mark or use a tag to label empty cylinders
- Carefully inspect cylinders and valve regulators for damage regularly
Remember, you need to move gas cylinders with great care to avoid accidents. Some things to know:
- Provide anyone working in the area with the proper safety equipment such protective footwear and gloves, and safety eyeglasses
- Make sure you have the proper equipment for transporting cylinders before starting
- Never drag or roll cylinders on the floor. Use a hand truck designed for transporting cylinders and properly secure the cylinder to it
- Avoid dropping cylinders or hitting them against other cylinders or objects
- Never lift cylinders using magnets, or by their caps or guards
If you have further questions about government regulations for storing, handling or moving industrial gases, please speak with us. You can also review information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
We can help
The staff at Hocon Industrial Gas has the knowledge and experience to help find the right product for your business needs. Visit one of our showrooms around Connecticut or contact us today for further information.