The energy possessed by a compressed gas cylinder can make it a virtual “missile” if it is not handled with the utmost care. And a leaking cylinder or fitting can lead to asphyxiation, a fire or even an explosion. Since compressed gas cylinders are frequently used in many laboratories, employees need to be familiar with the precautions that should be taken when dealing with them.
NSC’s training products on “Handling Compressed Gas Cylinders in the Laboratory” examine how gas cylinders “work”, the hazards that are associated with them and the need for caution when using or storing a cylinder. Available in English. Available individually, or as part of NSC’s 12-program Laboratory Safety Series. Topics covered in these products include:
- The four major ways to compress gases.
- Hazards associated with compressed gases.
- Proper storage procedures.
- Marking and labeling cylinders.
- Handling cylinders safely.
- Connections and fittings.
- Leak detection.