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Checklist: Compressed gas and cylinders

The hazards associated with compressed gas include oxygen displacement, fires, explosions, toxic effects from certain gases and the physical hazards associated with pressurized systems. Special storage, use and handling precautions are necessary to control these hazards.

OR-OSHA, Oregon's Occupational Safety & Health Division, offers the following self-inspection checklist for compressed gas and cylinder safety. For more detailed information, visit federal OSHA's Compressed Gas and Equipment page at www.osha.gov/SLTC/compressedgasequipment.

Are cylinders with water-weight capacity over 30 pounds equipped with means for connecting a valve protector or device, or with a collar or recess to protect the valve?

Are cylinders legibly marked to clearly identify the gas contained?

Are compressed-gas cylinders stored in areas that are protected from external heat sources (such as flames, intense radiant heat, electric arcs or high-temperature lines)?

Are cylinders located or stored in areas where they will not be damaged by passing or falling objects or be subject to tampering by unauthorized people?

Are cylinders stored or transported in a manner to prevent them from creating a hazard by tipping, falling or rolling?

Are cylinders containing liquefied fuel gas stored or transported in a position so that the safety relief device is always in direct contact with the vapor space in the cylinder?

Are valve protectors always placed on cylinders when the cylinders are not in use or connected for use?

Are all valves closed off before a cylinder is moved, when the cylinder is empty and at the completion of each job?

Are low-pressure fuel-gas cylinders checked periodically for corrosion, general distortion, cracks or any other defect that might indicate a weakness or render them unfit for service?

Does the periodic check of low-pressure fuel-gas cylinders include inspection of the bottom of each cylinder?


Checklist: Handling materials safely

Falling loads and mishandled equipment can seriously injure workers involved in materials handling. This checklist courtesy of Navy Region Southwest offers general tips for keeping employees safe while moving materials of any kind.

Is there safe clearance for equipment through aisles and doorways?

Are aisle ways designated, permanently marked and kept clear to allow unhindered passage?

Are motorized vehicles and mechanized equipment inspected daily or prior to use?

Are vehicles shut off and brakes set prior to loading or unloading?

When containers of combustibles or flammables are stacked while being moved, are they always separated by dunnage sufficient to provide stability?

Are dock boards (bridge plates) used when loading or unloading operations are taking place between vehicles and docks?

Are trucks and trailers secured from movement during loading and unloading operations?

Are dock plates and loading ramps constructed and maintained with sufficient strength to support imposed loading?

Are hand trucks maintained in safe operating condition?

Are pallets usually inspected before being loaded or moved?