Restaurants, medical facilities, and industrial settings, such as construction, warehouses, and workshops, all use compressed gas cylinders sourced from public or private gas companies in India.
Industrial gas cylinders should be handled, stored, and transported safely in accordance with recognized industry good practices to reduce the likelihood of serious injuries or even fatalities.
As one of the premier private gas companies in india, our employees undergo rigorous training to ensure they are handling, storing, and transporting cylinders correctly, so we thought it would be fair to inform our audiences about safety measures as well.
Here we go-
1. Unload cylinders immediately upon arrival and transport them in a well-ventilated vehicle
Gas cylinders should never be moved or stored in a closed vehicle. Among the private gas companies in India, ShivGas is equipped with a dry powder fire extinguisher, which we test regularly to ensure its functioning properly.
2. All gases behave differently
You must read the safety data sheets for each type of gas and ensure you’re familiar with its properties and hazards before handling the cylinder.
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3. Keep the cylinders locked so that they don’t move or topple
To prevent the rolling of cylinders, straps and chocks should be used to secure them. While on the move, be sure that the valve can’t be opened.
Ensure that you always transport LPG (propane) and liquefied gas cylinders upright. You should always stand acetylene cylinders upright for at least 30 minutes before using them if you need to move them lying down.
4. Get the training you need
Gas cylinders require training before you are allowed to work with them so that you know what to do in an emergency and how to handle them regularly. If you feel you haven’t received adequate training or if you need to be refreshed, please consult your supervisor.
5. Maintain a proper storage method for the cylinders
Keeping them upright, in a well-ventilated area away from heat, and separating them according to the properties of their gas are the best practices. You must not store any flammable material in your cylinder store. Empty and full cylinders should be stored separately and rotated so that the oldest ones are used up first.
6. Be aware of what you are handling
If the contents of the cylinder cannot be determined by the cylinder label, do not rely on the cylinder colour for identification. In case of missing or unreadable labels, do not use the cylinder.
7. Inspect your cylinders for safety
Be especially cautious of cylinders that show signs of impact, heat damage, or discoloration, and contact the supplier immediately.
8. Wear the appropriate safety equipment
Protective gear such as a hard hat, safety glasses, high visibility clothing, protective gloves, and safety shoes or boots are a must. Signage should be installed at all cylinder storage facilities warning about safety precautions as well as emergency procedures.
9. Practice safe lifting and manual handling techniques
A falling cylinder must never be caught – let it fall and move away from its direction of impact. Grasp the collar or neck of the cylinder firmly with both hands. It is never a good idea to lift cylinders by the valve handwheel or cylinder valve.
10. Use a forklift truck or cylinder trolley to move cylinders
If you are moving individual cylinders, use a cylinder trolley, and if you are moving MCPs (Manifold Cylinder Pallets), make sure they are transported by a forklift driven by a qualified operator.
Even though the properties of different gases are unique, the hazards associated with handling and storing are similar, owing to the size of the metal cylinder and the volatile nature of the compressed gas.
In the event of a cylinder tipping over, the pressurized valve can shear off, transforming the cylinder into a deadly torpedo with speeds of 170 mph, triggering a chain reaction that could spell doom.
We hope the above Do’s and Don’ts will prevent you from sustaining traumatic incidents.