Where to Store Gas Cylinders
As pressurised containers, the correct storage of gas cylinders is an important part of keeping your business safe. Even whilst not being used there are several ways in which hazards can occur.
Wherever possible, cylinders should be stored in the open air to prevent any vapours from building to dangerous levels. If this cannot be done your cylinder storage area should always be well ventilated. When selecting a place to store cylinders you should bear the following in mind:Other Hazards - Cylinders should not be stored near any other hazardous materials to prevent cross-contamination or a domino effect occurring should an accident happenTraffic Routes – Keep cylinders away from areas where vehicles regularly travel to avoid accidental impact damageHeat Sources – Any external source of heat can compromise the structural integrity of a cylinder making it potentially dangerous to handleFlammability and Ignition – Flammable gas cylinders should be stored away from any part of a building that is used for other tasks and ignition sources such as forklift trucks must be kept awayAccess – Ensure staff can get in and out of the storage area with ease and never block entrances or exits
If you do place your cylinder storage outdoors, facilities must be lockable and the potential for vandalism needs to be taken into account. We have a selection of cages available including various lock ups which place safety and security at the forefront of their design.
Cylinders must be stored upright and held securely to prevent them from falling. Therefore a cage, bracket or stand should be used that features a flat-bottomed surface and/or a chain or restraining strap. If you simply need a piece of equipment for storing a single cylinder in a workshop or smaller area a freestanding cylinder stand will be ideal. It can be fixed to the floor and will hold cylinders snugly to prevent toppling. If you are likely to have a need to store larger quantities a wall-mounted bracket might prove to be a more flexible option.
To minimise the amount of handling a cylinder receives and thereby reduce risk it is important to have them tagged to show whether they are full, empty or in use. This simple step will speed up operations in your workplace, cut down on errors and ensure everyone knows what stock is available and how to use it. Colour-coded tags can be used to show if a cylinder is ready for use or should be held back for use at a later date.