A Guide to Safe Handling of Compressed Gases in the Laboratory.

Using compressed gases in the laboratory can be a dangerous situation if they are handled improperly. Many gases can be explosive, flammable, corrosive and toxic. Because the gases are under high pressure in tanks and cylinders, any release of gas can spread quickly and endanger lab personnel and equipment.

Laboratory directors, managers, technicians and other workers should be aware of the hazards associated with storing and handling high pressure cylinders.

In this comprehensive gas handling guide, you'll learn about:

  • Established OSHA, DOT, and NFPA standards and regulations for using and handling gas tanks and cylinders.
  • Inspecting a gas cylinder before accepting delivery.
  • Properly securing a gas cylinder for transport, storage and use.
  • Checking caps, valves and regulators.
  • Storing and venting cylinders.
A guide to safe handling of compressed gases in the laboratory


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