Compressed Gas Cylinders:
- The inert gas can rapidly replace oxygen in confined spaces, causing loss of consciousness or death to anyone in those areas.
- Flammable gas can ignite and burn rapidly.
- A compressed gas cylinder can become a missile if the valve is damaged.
- Compressed gas can cause a pipe or vessel to explode.
- When directed at a person, compressed gas or oxygen can embed particles in eye and skin.
- Never take compressed gas cylinders into vessels or confined space.
- Always remove torches and hoses from confined space when not in use.
- Continuously and adequately ventilate confined space where inert welding gases are used.
- Make dry chemical fire extinguishers readily available for fire emergencies.
- No Smoking Rules must be enforced near places where compressed flammable gas is used and stored.
- Protect cylinders and hoses from sparks and slag.
- Never permit oil, grease or other lubricants to contact gas cylinders, valves, regulators, hoses or fittings.
- Keep valve protection caps on cylinders valve at all times except when cylinders are connected to regulators.
- Never move uncapped cylinders.
- Move and secure cylinders in an upright position.
- Never use compressed gas or oxygen for cleaning anything, including skin or cloth.
- Store flammable and non-flammable Cylinders separately. They should be placed at least 20 feet apart or have a 5-foot barrier with a 1-hour fire rating.
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