Cylinders and containers must always be moved carefully. Mishandling that results in a damaged valve or ruptured cylinder can expose personnel to the hazards associated with these gases. In addition, most gas cylinders are heavy and bulky. A cylinder striking someone or pinching a finger, toe, or other extremity is a common cause of injury. For these reasons, all cylinder handlers must always wear certain minimum personal protective equipment prescribed by OSHA:
Before moving a cylinder to the storage area or point of use or before returning the cylinder to the supplier, ensure the following:
Note: Valve caps must always be in place while moving or transporting cylinders or when they are in storage.
While moving full or empty cylinders:
After moving a cylinder to its point of use, secure the cylinder in place. Use cylinder stands, clamps, or other securing devices recommended by your supplier.