Compressed gas cylinders pose very serious risks when not handled properly. This online training course discusses how to work safely with compressed gas systems and cylinders that are used in the workplace and how to protect against the hazards they pose. At the end of this training session, trainees will be able to identify compressed gases by the labels; safely transport, handle, and store compressed gas cylinders; safely use cylinders, regulators, and gauges; and know the specific hazards of some common compressed gases.
Why “Compressed Gases” Matters:
A cylinder containing compressed gas can be launched if valves are damaged and fail. Workers have been injured and killed by cylinders that turned into rockets when their valves were broken off.
Containers could rupture, resulting in an explosion. Rupture failures can be catastrophic and can cause considerable damage to life and property.
Because inert gases are colorless and odorless, they can escape into the atmosphere undetected, quickly reduce the concentration of oxygen, and lead to asphyxiation. For example, high concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2can result in death in less than 15 minutes.
Corrosive gases can chemically attack various materials, including fire-resistant clothing, and can cause rapid destruction of skin tissue.
Chemical poisoning is a hazard of toxic gases. Even in very small concentrations, brief exposure to these gases can result in serious poisoning injuries.
- Cylinders must always be stored and secured properly.
- Handle and move cylinders safely.
- Cylinders and bulk systems must be properly labeled.
- Know the hazards of a compressed gas before using it.