OP 60.23: Compressed Gas Handling, Storage, and Transportation
Gas under high pressure can be hazardous if not used properly. The combination of the pressure and the nature of the gas may contribute to create a highly hazardous situation that many people fail to realize. Under certain conditions, otherwise harmless gasses can kill. Inert gasses such as argon, helium, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen can asphyxiate a person.
Asphyxiation occurs rapidly and without warning. All possible precautions should be taken to ensure that an adequate breathing air supply is available. Neither respirators nor gas masks supply oxygen. They only filter or purify the air. If asphyxiation is possible, work will be suspended, or the area will be well ventilated and monitored to assure the availability of air suitable for breathing.
Top 5 Things to Remember Regarding Compressed Gasses:
- Always transport cylinders secured, using a chain or strap, to a cart or other stable means.
- Store compressed gasses chained, with caps on, in areas less than 125oF.
- Original cylinder identification labels shall not be removed.
- Separate oxygen containing cylinders from fuels (acetylene, hydrogen.)
- 5. Never use compressed gasses (including air) to blow off work areas or persons.