Storage and handling
Ensure adequate ventilation for all cylinders and packs. Secure single cylinders in upright position and protect valves and manifolds from accidental damage.
- Keep cylinders and packs in a cool area away from all sources of heat.
- Close all valves when not in use.
- Ensure all regulators and other devices attached to the cylinder outlets are free from oil and grease, and able to withstand contents pressures. Check for leaks regularly.
- Do not store cylinders in an area where in an area where any leaking gas could accumulate.
- If valve is damaged, do not attempt to operate.
- If valve does not operate by hand, return the cylinder to the supplier (attach a “faulty” tag).
N.B. Only regulators, manifolds and ancillary equipment, rated for the appropriate pressure and compatible with the relevant gas, shall be connected to or downstream of these cylinders.
In case of leaks
- If cylinder or pack is suspected of leaking, evacuate personnel from the direction in which the gas is likely to flow. Stop leak if possible.
- Major leaks should only be approached with breathing apparatus.
- If possible and if safe to do so, remove leaking cylinder or pack to a safe area outdoors and allow contents to empty into atmosphere.
- Return empty cylinders and pack to supplier with a note to confirm the leak occurred
- Notify emergency services if required