Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety > Moving Cylinders

Moving Cylinders

Cylinders and containers must always be moved carefully. Mishandling that results in a damaged valve or ruptured cylinder can expose personnel to the hazards associated with these gases. Most gas cylinders are heavy and bulky. A cylinder striking someone or pinching a finger, toe or other extremity is a common cause of injury. For these reasons, all cylinder handlers must always wear certain minimum personal protective equipment prescribed in the paragraphs below:

  1. For Moving Cylinders - Basic safety equipment for moving compressed gas cylinders consists of:
    • Leather gloves to protect the hands against common pinching injuries.
    • Safety glasses to protect the eyes against injuries associated with pressure release.
    • Appropriate footwear (i.e., open toed shoes or sandals are not permitted in the laboratories and must not be worn while moving a cylinder.
  2. Before moving a cylinder make sure that:
    • Cylinder outlet valve is fully closed.
    • Valve cap is properly secured in place on cylinders with neck threads. [NOTE: Valve caps must always be in place while moving or transporting cylinders or when they are in storage].
  3. While moving full or empty cylinders, make sure that you:
    • Always use carts or hand trucks designed for this purpose.
    • Never drop or allow cylinders to strike each other violently.
    • Never lift cylinders by the cap.
  4. After moving the cylinder to its point of use, secure the cylinder in place, using cylinder stands, clamps or other securing devices.

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Additional Information:

Storage Considerations

Receiving Cylinders

Moving Cylinders

Regulator Use

Specific Gas Safety Data

Materials Compatibility

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Office of Environmental Health & Safety
Providence, RI 02912 Box 1914
Last Updated on 07/14/2005