Special Hazards – Compressed Gases

Some exposures to loss can create special hazards that the normal identification process tends to overlook. The variety of compressed gases spans the spectrum of benign chemicals to ultra-hazardous chemicals. We have listed some preliminary diagnostic questions below to get the ball rolling for you in identifying hazards in this arena.

1. Are protection valve caps on compressed gas cylinders in place when in storage, in transit, and whenever regulators are not in place?

2. Are cylinders stored standing upright; fastened to prevent them from being upset; kept separate by type; and free from possible external damage and temperature extremes, especially heat?

3. Are suitable trucks or carts used, with provisions for holding cylinders upright when moving them?

4. Is the use of any equipment, such as regulators, hoses, and fittings, which has been exposed to oil or grease, prohibited form use for oxygen?

5. Are personnel cautioned to use proper tools, and to close a cylinder valve only by hand?

6. Are personnel aware of the proper method of checking for leaks; e.g., test all joints with soapy water?

7. If leaks cannot be stopped, are there instructions for storing of cylinders, allowing the contents to escape, marking cylinders and returning them to the supplier?

8. Is there a definite schedule and procedure for draining air receivers or tanks of air compressors.

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