Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cylinder Using

  • Be sure all connections aretight. Use soapy water to locate leaks.
  • Keep cylinders valves,regulators, couplings, hose and apparatus clean and free of oil and grease.
  • Keep cylinders away fromopen flames and sources of heat.
  • Safety devices and valvesshall not be tampered with, nor repairs attempted.
  • Use flashback arrestors andreverse-flow check valves to prevent flashback when using oxy-fuel systems.
  • Regulators shall be removedwhen moving cylinders, when work is completed, and when cylinders are empty.
  • Cylinders shall be used andstored in an upright position.
  • The cylinder valve shouldalways be opened slowly. Always stand away from the face and back of the gaugewhen opening the cylinder valve.
  • When a special wrench isrequired to open a cylinder or manifold valve, the wrench shall be left inplace on the valve stem when in use; this precaution is taken so the gas supplycan be shut off quickly in case of an emergency; and that nothing shall beplaced on top of a cylinder that may damage the safety device or interfere withthe quick closing of the valve.
  • Fire extinguishingequipment should be readily available when combustible materials can be exposedto welding or cutting operations using compressed cylinder gases.
Things Not To Do
  • Never roll a cylinder tomove it.
  • Never carry a cylinder bythe valve.
  • Never leave an opencylinder unattended.
  • Never leave a cylinderunsecured.
  • Never force improperattachments on to the wrong cylinder.
  • Never grease or oil theregulator, valve, or fittings of an oxygen cylinder.
  • Never refill a cylinder.
  • Never use a flame to locategas leaks.
  • Never attempt to mix gasesin a cylinder.
  • Never discard pressurizedcylinders in the normal trash.

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