Human Resources

Gas Safety

 Gas cylinders are pressurised containers which need to be treated with care to avoid exposure to anything which could result in them releasing their gaseous contents or exploding. 

Gas cylinders are used in a wide variety of ways at the University. 

Provision

All gas cylinders must be obtained from a University approved provider to ensure they have been manufactured to the relevant specification and thus designed to perform the job for which they are intended.  All new cylinders should display the stamp or mark of the inspection body. 

Training

Anyone who has responsibility to examine, fill, use or move gas cylinders must satisfactorily complete the Gas Safety training. 

Examination

All cylinders and their attachments must be subject to routine examination to ensure they remain safe for use.  The owner of the cylinder must ensure that a suitable examination programme by a competent person is developed.  The University must ensure that a visual examination is carried out at periodic intervals within the Department.  Any relevant details must be recorded and retained.  These records should be made available for inspection upon request by those authorised to carry out Departmental inspections and audits.  The date of examination should be attached to the cylinder.   Any cylinders failing either examination should be removed. 

Storage

Cylinders should be kept outside in a secure, dry, flat, well-ventilated area and restrained in a vertical position to prevent them falling over.  They must be segregated depending on the properties of the gas they contain.    Cylinders must be clearly marked and signed. 

Flammable gas cylinders must be protected against the risk of impact and must be well away from any heat or ignition sources.  LPG must not be stored within 3 metres of other gas cylinders unless there is a firewall present. 

Transportation

There are manual handling implications of moving cylinders in addition to the risk of damage to the cylinder itself which could result in leakage or rupture.  Moving cylinders must therefore not be undertaken until appropriate training has been satisfactorily passed. 

Do not travel in any lift with gas cylinders.