To guarantee the safety of everyone in the workplace is a top priority. Not only will it save lives, but it will also protect the equipment and the facility as a whole. One of the most common causes of accidents and danger is improper storage of dangerous chemicals. Also, compressed gas kept in a cylinder can cause a range of hazards. One of the most important parts of managing the risks that come with it is to store them in a gas bottle storage cage.
Below are some tips that you can apply in your facility and how to make the most out of your gas cylinders.
Store the Gas Cylinder in the Right Location
If possible, a compressed gas cylinder should never be stored indoors. A cylinder store should have proper ventilation that can keep the oxygen at safe levels and escaped gases within their explosion limit. Thus, outdoor will always be the best place.
Any leaked gas immediately becomes a hazard and when kept outside, it will disperse safely to the atmosphere.
When choosing the best place at your workplace for your gas bottle storage cage, make sure that the area you have chosen is not exposed to production or plant operations that generation ignition and heat sources. At the same time, the area should have a 3-meter clearance from vegetation, combustible materials, and refuse. Lastly, opt for a location that is far from building doors, windows, ducting and air vents.
Properly Restraining Cylinders
The majority of gas cylinders come with a long slim design and they are awkward and heavy. Therefore, there is a great chance for them to be knocked over or fall. It is recommended that they should be securely restrained in a way that will not cause damage to the regulator or valves.
One of the best ways to do this is to install a reliable gas bottle cage that is made from heavy-duty materials. This cage should have safety straps, racking systems, and bump rails. Aside from restraining the cylinders, the cage could be locked to secure the cylinders inside from unauthorized access.
Correct Grouping of Cylinders
The cylinders should be grouped according to their (hazard) class. They should also be segregated from hazardous chemicals and incompatible gas. Different types of gases such as non-flammable, flammable, toxic, and oxidizing gases should be at least 3-meters away from each other.
The same thing is also applicable to empty cylinders that need to be separated from full cylinders. They should also be labeled and stored at different location point. For empty cylinders, they should be treated in the same way as full cylinders.
By considering all these things, you lessen the risk of accidents and danger that might be caused by chemicals and gases.