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9.3.

1 Compressed gas cylinders shall be properly marked or labeled, including


their contents, with lettering in Arabic and English. This includes all
industrial, medical, laboratory and aviation bottled gases.

9.3.2 The suppliers identification tag shall be used to verify the contents of a
cylinder.

9.3.3 Cylinders shall not be placed in confined spaces or adjacent to


excavations.

9.3.4 Cylinders shall be inspected for damage, severe corrosion, valve leakage
and current hydro test date prior to each use.

9.3.5 Damaged or defective cylinders shall not be used.

9.3.6 A leaking cylinder shall be immediately removed to an open space, clear of


all buildings, people and any potential source of ignition.

9.3.7 All cylinders shall have an approved pressure-reducing regulator with


check valve connected to the cylinder valve.

9.3.8 Regulators shall be closed (adjusting screws backed out) prior to


connection to the cylinder valve.

9.3.9 The cylinder valve shall always be opened slowly to prevent damage to the
regulator.

9.3.10 Valves on cylinders shall not be opened more than 1 turns.

9.3.11 Threads on fittings shall correspond to cylinder valve outlets.

9.3.12 The cylinder valve shall always be closed before attempting to stop a leak.

9.3.13 Oil, grease or other hydrocarbons shall not be used as a lubricant on valves,
fittings or threaded attachments.

9.3.14 Hose connections shall be kept free of grease and oil.

9.3.15 Compressed gas cylinders used for oxygen-fuel welding and cutting shall
be per, Cutting, Welding and Brazing, of this manual.
9.4.1 Cylinders shall be stored in a safe and accessible location. Cylinder storage
locations shall be a dry, well-ventilated area prepared and reserved for that
purpose.

9.4.2 Location and/or spacing requirements for cylinder storage areas shall be in
accordance with SAES-B-055.

9.4.3 Flammable/combustible substances (e.g., oil, grease, volatile liquids) and corrosive
substances shall not be stored in the same area as gas cylinders.

9.4.4 Oxygen cylinders and cylinders containing other oxidizers (e.g., chlorine,
nitrous oxide) shall be stored at least 6.1 m (20 ft) from flammable gas
cylinders or they shall be separated by a -hour fire rated barrier at least
1.5 m (5 ft) high.

9.4.5 Smoking and other sources of ignition are prohibited near storage areas.

9.4.6 Storage areas shall have Arabic and English No Smoking and Gas
Cylinder Storage Area signs prominently displayed per SAES-B-067 and
CU 22.01.

9.4.8 Cylinders shall be chained or otherwise secured in an upright position; use


bottle/cylinder racks wherever possible.

9.4.9 Cylinders stored in the open shall not have direct contact with the ground,
exposure to extreme weather or contact with water.

9.4.10 The quantity of cylinders shall be kept to a minimum at job site locations.
Bulk storage (e.g., large inventories) shall be located off-site.
9.4.11 When regulators are removed from the cylinders, they shall be
considered
not in use or stored and cylinder valve caps shall be put back in place.

9.4.12 Water and dry chemical fire extinguishers shall be immediately available
within 15 m (50 ft) of the storage area.

9.4.13 Cylinders shall not be stored at temperatures or locations that could result
in the temperature of the cylinder exceeding 54 C (130 F). Outside
cylinder storage areas shall have protective enclosures or sun shelters
installed as needed to prevent cylinders from reaching 54 C (130 F).

9.4.14 Cylinders shall not be stored in a location where they would be subject to
direct flames or other heat sources, such as furnaces.

9.4.15 Cylinder storage shall be arranged so that cylinders are used in the order in
which they are received from the supplier.

9.4.16 Empty and full cylinders shall be stored separately with empty cylinders
plainly marked to avoid confusion.
9.4.17 Cylinders (empty and full) shall be segregated according to the type of gas they
contain.

9.5.1 Cylinder storage rooms shall be sufficiently ventilated so that explosive


concentrations of gas cannot accumulate.

9.5.2 Electrical systems (wiring, connections, conduits, lighting fixtures, etc.) in


cylinder storage rooms shall meet National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
requirements for hazardous areas.

9.6.1 A cylinder shall never be lifted by its valve.

9.6.2 A protective cap shall remain on the valve when the cylinder is not in use.

9.6.3 A cylinders valve shall be fully closed before a cylinder is moved.

9.6.4 Unless a trolley or special carrier is used, regulators and hoses shall be
detached and cylinder valve caps put back in place before moving.

9.6.5 If cylinders are to be lifted by a crane, specially designed bottle carriers


with lifting eyes shall be used. Cylinders shall not be lifted with
electromagnetic devices, slings, chains or ropes.

9.6.6 Cylinders shall not be struck together, dropped, thrown, dragged, used as
rollers or as a support.

9.6.7 Cylinders involved in a fire shall be returned immediately to the supplier, alerting
the supplier that the cylinders were exposed to a fire.

9.6.8 Cylinders, even those marked empty, shall be treated as a possible hazard
and handled with great care. No cylinder is completely empty of gas.

9.6.9 Personnel handling toxic gas cylinders shall be trained in the hazards of the
gas they are handling and how to use a self-contained breathing apparatus
(SCBA).

9.6.10 Empty cylinders shall be returned to the supplier with the valves closed and
cylinder valve caps in place.

9.7.1 Cylinder trolleys, material baskets, cylinder racks and other proper types of
equipment shall be used to transport cylinders.
9.7.2 All cylinders being transported by vehicle shall have cylinder valve caps in
place, be positioned in an upright position and be firmly secured to prevent
movement.

9.7.3 Vehicles transporting cylinders shall be equipped with the required


firefighting and first aid equipment.