Any material that’s under pressure can be dangerous if it’s not handled properly. If the material is a compressed gas, it may be flammable, explosive, reactive, toxic or a combination of these. Because of the hazards of compressed gases, it’s very important to know what you’re working with, what its hazardous properties are and how to safely handle its container-the compressed-gas cylinder.
Compressed gases are hazardous because of the high pressure at which they are stored in cylinders and pressure tanks. The compressed gases can be flammable, poisonous, corrosive, or any combination of these.
Flammable compressed gases:
Non-flammable compressed gases:
Compressed gas cylinders require careful handling to prevent damage. When handling cylinders:
Some general guidelines in storing compressed gas cylinders include: