Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety

Course Description:

Compressed gases are used in millions of products and processes across a wide variety of industries. But did you know that these gases are considered hazardous materials because they are stored under high pressure and can cause fires, explosions, and suffocation if not handled properly?
This online training course discusses how to work safely with compressed gas cylinders that are used in general industry workplaces and how to protect against the hazards they pose. This course does not address specific requirements for welding or construction. At the end of this training session, you will be able to recognize the common hazards of compressed gases; identify compressed gases by the labels; safely transport, handle, and store compressed gas cylinders; safely use cylinders and regulators and check for leaks; and implement safe practices for working with specific compressed gases.

Course Duration: 31 minutes

Why “Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety” Matters:

Compressed gas cylinders are common and very useful in the workplace; however, they can also be extremely dangerous.
Compressed gases can create environments that are explosive, reactive, flammable, oxidizing, oxygen-deficient, extremely cold, corrosive, or otherwise dangerous to health and safety, depending on the product being used.
Hazards will be minimized if workers are trained in safe practices for labeling, transporting, handling, using, and storing compressed gas cylinders.

Key Points:

  • Compressed gases present physical and chemical hazards that can be extremely dangerous to your health and safety.
  • Compressed gas cylinders must be clearly labeled with information about their contents and physical and health hazards.
  • Properly transporting, handling, storing, and securing compressed gas cylinders reduce their hazards.
  • Always use a regulator and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with compressed gas cylinders, and remember to inspect cylinders for leaks.
  • LPG, compressed air, oxygen, acetylene, inert gases, corrosive gases, and cryogenic gases have unique hazards and specific safe work practices.