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
Moving Cylinders - Basic safety equipment for moving compressed
gas cylinders consists of:
gloves to protect the hands against common pinching injuries.
moving a cylinder make sure that:
glasses to protect the eyes against injuries associated
with pressure release.
footwear (i.e., open toed shoes or sandals are not permitted
in the laboratories and must not be worn while moving a
moving full or empty cylinders, make sure that you:
outlet valve is fully closed.
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].
moving the cylinder to its point of use, secure
the cylinder in place, using cylinder stands, clamps
or other securing devices.
use carts or hand trucks designed for this purpose.
drop or allow cylinders to strike each other violently.
lift cylinders by the cap.