The safe storage of compressed gas cylinders


Compressed gases today are being used in many industrial and research processes that would not be possible without their use. Compressed gases present many different hazards requiring specific safety protocols for both their safe handling and use.

Safety is a high priority when storing and providing gases and must be subject to risk assessment. For many years, the centralised storage of gases was the only available solution. However, as high purity and specialised gases are more commonly used and processes are changing rapidly, the demand for decentralised solutions of storage and delivery has increased; flexibility of storage is the key without compromising safety. For asecos, the world’s leading manufacturer of safety cabinets in accordance with the European standard BS EN 14470 Part 1 and Part 2, it’s about offering the best solutions available in the world today.

Compressed gases or gases under pressure are contained in a vessel under a pressure of at least 200 kPa (gauge pressure) or more, can present very dangerous hazards to both employees and local populations in the vicinity to where these products are stored. Compressed gases can be corrosive, toxic or explosive, and can even displace oxygen. Highly compressed gases in pressurised gas cylinders can further complicate the issue of safety with other hazards such as, if a pressurised gas cylinder falls over and the cylinder valve breaks off – the resulting escape of highly pressurised gas can cause the cylinder to become dangerously unstable. The resulting force is often sufficient to break through concrete walls.

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