Gases and cylinders

Training

Training

All workers must receive training on the following key elements before using gas cylinders:

  • hazardous properties of gases used
  • safe transport of cylinders
  • safe handling of cylinders
  • connecting regulators to cylinders
  • correct use of personal protective equipment (use of eye protection and gloves)
  • emergency procedure

Training can be provided by another competent individual from the local laboratory area.  Alternatively, users can also attend gas cylinder training organised by the University's Staff Development Group

A record of individuals trained to use gas cylinders in the local area should be kept and up-dated as required (see Gas cylinder check procedures (PDF , 15kb)).

Risk assessments

Risk assessments

The following generic assessments have been prepared to cover the majority of activities using compressed gas cylinders in the Department:

It is the responsibility of groups to ensure that either, or both of these assessments is / are appropriate for their particular work activities involving the use of compressed gas cylinders. The assessments can be modified, if required, to reflect any specific local information and / or working practices. Assessments should be downloaded and kept locally within each group for information and training purposes.

A Risk assessment template for use of gas cylinders (MS Word , 74kb) is also available if required.