Handling, Safe Storage & Usage of Cylinders

Cylinders containing compressed gases are heavy and awkward to move. Improper handling of compressed gas cylinders can result in sprains, strains, falls, bruises, or broken bones. Other hazards such as fire, explosion, chemical burns, poisoning, and cold burns could occur if gases accidentally escape from the cylinder due to mishandling.

Take the following precautions to prevent accident while Handling:

Drag or slide cylinders, even for short distances.

Drop cylinders or permit them to strike each other violently.

Subject cylinders to mechanical shocks that may cause damage to their valves.

Use cylinders as rollers for moving material or other equipment.

Tamper with pressure-relief devices.

Permit oil, grease, or other readily combustible substances to come in contact with cylinders, valves, or other equipment in oxidizer service.

Remove any product labels or shipping hazard labels.

Refill compressed gas cylinders by you. This is to be done only by qualified producers of compressed gases.

Lift a cylinder by its cap using a sling or a magnet.

Attempt to catch a falling cylinder.

Move cylinders using a suitable hand truck or cart.

Leave the valve protection cap and valve seal outlet in place until the cylinder has been secured in place and is ready to be used.

Secure cylinders when in storage, transit, or use.

When returning cylinders to the supplier, properly close the cylinder valve, replace and secure any valve outlet seals, and properly install the cylinder cap.

Use a cylinder cage or cradle to lift a cylinder.

Use the proper PPE for cylinder handling (safety glasses with side shields, leather gloves, safety shoes and other appropriate equipment).

While handling portable banks:

  • Use extreme care and restrict the movement of portable banks to localize movement on clean, smooth, level stationary surfaces.
  • Use two people for localized manual movement of a portable bank.
  • Stay out of the bank’s travel path.
  • Be aware of escape routes should the bank get out of control or start falling.
  • If a smooth, level surface is not available over which to move the portable bank, use a forklift, crane, or other appropriate moving equipment.
  • When in use,all cylinders must be equipped with pressure regulators designed specifically for either propane or butane,which will regulate the internal pressure of the cylinder when subjected to heat,thereby preventing an explosion.

    Use the correct regulator for the type of gas.

    Always follow the instructions supplied when connecting the pressure regulator to the cylinder and do not open the cylinder valve or regulator tap until the pressure regulator is securely attached.

    Never smoke while connecting the equipment and DO NOT check for leaks with a flame.

    Examine the washer of the pressure regulator or valve before connecting each new cylinder.If the rubber looks worn or damaged,replace it.

    When in use,all cylinders must be equipped with pressure regulators designed specifically for either propane or butane,which will regulate the internal pressure of the cylinder when subjected to heat,thereby preventing an explosion.

    Use the correct regulator for the type of gas.

    Always follow the instructions supplied when connecting the pressure regulator to the cylinder and do not open the cylinder valve or regulator tap until the pressure regulator is securely attached.

    Never smoke while connecting the equipment and DO NOT check for leaks with a flame.

    Examine the washer of the pressure regulator or valve before connecting each new cylinder.If the rubber looks worn or damaged,replace it.

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    Make sure the cylinder is upright.

    Place the gas cooker and cylinder above ground level with the cooker positioned higher than the cylinder.

    Ensure that the rubber hose does not touch the surface of cooker.

    Ignite correctly. The correct way to ignite a non-automatic cooker is as follows:

  • Light a match
  • Put the flame to the burner
  • Turn on the cooker’s valve
  • When cooking, keep doors and windows open.

    Do not rest hot cooking appliances on the cylinder.

    Never subject the cylinder to excessive heat.

    Turn off the valve or regulator tap when you have finished cooking.

    If you will not be using the cylinder for a while, remove the regulator and seal the valve nozzle with the red safety cap provided.

    Do not let children handle the cylinders or appliances.

    Regularly check your hose for signs of damage or cracking.

    Check the hose connection for leakages by applying a soap solution.DO NOT test with naked flame.

    Hoses should be replaced every 2 years as they deteriorate over time.Hoses can be obtained from Gas Terminalling dealers/distributors

    Turn off the taps of the connected appliance,

    Close the cylinder valve or regulator tap.

    Always return your empty cylinders to your supplier.