Acetylene cylinders should only be handled and transported by a trained professional as it is a hazardous product.
Take precautions while handling the acetylene cylinders:
Use the technologically advanced regulators, flashback arrestors, check valves and torches.
Do not effort to make repairs yourself. Contact the professionals.
Do not drop or damage the cylinder.
No hot work, grinding and cutting etc. next to the cylinder.
Do not try to transfer gas from one cylinder to another.
Examine the equipment for wear and leaks at all connections
Replace damaged or suspect hoses
Always wear protective clothing
Employ proper eye protection
Employ compatible items
Employ the proper regulator for each specific gas
Safe Handling Practices
Most accidents or injuries involving acetylene cylinder occur when moving or handling the acetylene gas cylinders. Whether it is small or large sized cylinder, it needs special care and equipment in handling and it must be ensured so they don’t fall or tip over and lead to injury. Before handing the acetylene gas cylinders, the individuals should take on some basic induction training or go through the Safe Work Procedures relating to the transport, storage and use of Gas Cylinders.
Ensure the work area is clear of combustible materials
The working area should be well ventilated
Fire extinguishers should be easily available
Keep cylinders at a safe distance from all hot work
Cylinder Storage Precautions:
Choose outdoor storage for proper ventilation.
Never store cylinders in confined poorly ventilated areas.
The place should be clear of and ignition sources, flammable or corrosive materials.
Separate flammable gas cylinders from oxygen and other oxidizing gases during storage.
Store cylinders in a dry area to avert corrosion of the steel cylinder walls.