Your Cylinder and Equipment Safety Resource Center
Cylinder & Container Safety Reminders
- Use equipment designed for moving cylinders and containers.
- Secure cylinders and containers when being used or stored.
- Use the correct valve outlet connection.
- Connect all equipment before opening valve.
- Never return gases or other products into a cylinder or container.
- Immediately notify your gas supplier of any equipment issues, damage, or leaks.
CGA eLearning Modules
- CGA TM-1, eLearning: Safe Handling and Storage of Compressed Gases
- CGA TM-3, eLearning: Safe Handling of Cryogenic Liquids in Portable Containers
- CGA TM-7, eLearning: Introduction to Compressed Gas Cylinder Valves
CGA Free Safety Materials
- CGA SP-1, Safety Poster (Industrial), Valve Protection Caps
- CGA SP-4, Safety Poster (Industrial), The Sleeping Giant
- CGA SP-7, Safety Poster (Industrial), Proper Cart Usage for Liquid Cylinders
- CGA SP-10, Safety Poster (Industrial), Misuse of Adaptors Can be Dangerous
- CGA SP-11, Safety Poster (Industrial), Plan Your Trip to Avoid a Tip
Product Information: Cylinders, Containers, and Related Equipment
Cylinders and containers are provided by the gas supplier or distributor as a convenient device for storing and delivering a product to the user. The user is responsible for the safe handling, use, and storage of the cylinder or container and its contents and for returning it to the gas supplier or distributor in the same safe condition that it was received.
In addition to the safe handling considerations and hazards presented by cylinders, containers, and equipment, the gases contained by these vessels also present additional hazards. The hazard common to all compressed gases is pressure. It is present at all times, ready to forcefully escape at any given opportunity. When not properly controlled, it can lead to serious injury or cause equipment damage. Examples of additional hazardous properties that gases can present include:
- extremely cold;
- corrosive; and
Some gases can have more than one of these properties. To know what specific hazards are presented by the product that you are working with, you must read and understand the safety data sheet (SDS) and product label.