Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cylinder Using

  • Be sure all connections are tight. Use soapy water to locate leaks.
  • Keep cylinders valves, regulators, couplings, hose and apparatus clean and free of oil and grease.
  • Keep cylinders away from open flames and sources of heat.
  • Safety devices and valves shall not be tampered with, nor repairs attempted.
  • Use flashback arrestors and reverse-flow check valves to prevent flashback when using oxy-fuel systems.
  • Regulators shall be removed when moving cylinders, when work is completed, and when cylinders are empty.
  • Cylinders shall be used and stored in an upright position.
  • The cylinder valve should always be opened slowly. Always stand away from the face and back of the gauge when opening the cylinder valve.
  • When a special wrench is required to open a cylinder or manifold valve, the wrench shall be left in place on the valve stem when in use; this precaution is taken so the gas supply can be shut off quickly in case of an emergency; and that nothing shall be placed on top of a cylinder that may damage the safety device or interfere with the quick closing of the valve.
  • Fire extinguishing equipment should be readily available when combustible materials can be exposed to welding or cutting operations using compressed cylinder gases.
Things Not ToDo
  • Never roll a cylinder to move it.
  • Never carry a cylinder by the valve.
  • Never leave an open cylinder unattended.
  • Never leave a cylinder unsecured.
  • Never force improper attachments on to the wrong cylinder.
  • Never grease or oil the regulator, valve, or fittings of an oxygen cylinder.
  • Never refill a cylinder.
  • Never use a flame to locate gas leaks.
  • Never attempt to mix gases in a cylinder.
  • Never discard pressurized cylinders in the normal trash.

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