Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety > Receiving Cylinders

Receiving Cylinders

Personnel responsible for receiving cylinders and containers should perform an external inspection on all packages before moving them to the point of use or to the storage area. Basic guidelines for performing this inspection are as follows:

  • Read the cylinder labels to be sure that the gas is what you ordered and that you understand the hazards associated with the product. Remember, the label is the only means of identifying the product in the cylinder. Never identify the product by the color of the cylinder.
  • Thoroughly inspect the cylinders for any obvious damage. The cylinder surface should be clean and free from defects such as cuts, gouges, burns and obvious dents. Such damage could weaken the cylinder metal, creating a danger of failure, or it could make the cylinder unstable and more likely to tip over. Make sure the cylinder stands steady on its base and does not wobble.
  • Cylinders with neck threads should have a cap in place over its valve. Remove the cap by hand. Never use a screwdriver, crowbar, or other leverage device to remove the cap. You could accidentally open the valve or damage it.
  • Check the cylinder valve to be sure it is not bent or damaged. A damaged valve could leak or fail, or it might not make a tight connection when the cylinder is placed into use. Make sure there is no dirt or oil on the valve which could contaminate the gas. Dirt particles propelled in a high velocity gas stream could cause a spark, igniting a flammable gas. Oil and grease can react with oxygen and other oxidizers, causing an explosion.
  • If any cylinder is received with missing or unreadable labels and markings; visible damage; unstable base; missing cap; or bent, damaged or dirty valve, do not use the cylinder. Always return the cylinder to the supplier if problems exist.

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Additional Information:

Storage Considerations

Receiving Cylinders

Moving Cylinders

Regulator Use

Specific Gas Safety Data

Materials Compatibility

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