Compressed gas cylinders can be extremely hazardous, not only because of the cylinder contents but also due to the pressure of the gas inside. When stored or secured improperly, accidents can occur which can be life threatening. To prevent this, EH&S recommends the following:
1. Always have someone assist you when handling gas cylinders. Cylinders are top heavy and awkward to handle.
2. Cylinders should be secured at all times with brackets and straps. This includes while transporting.
3. Always make sure that cylinders are capped when not in use. The cap protects the valve in the event of a fall. Broken valves lead to chemical releases and cylinders can become projectiles.
4. When possible have someone assist you when transporting from one location to another. Always use a cart, never roll the cylinder.
5. Make sure gas cylinders are stored with other compatible gas cylinders. (Ex. hydrogen and oxygen are not to be stored together).
EH&S would like to remind all Principal Investigators that laboratory safety audits will begin in September. If you wish to contact EH&S for a consultation or schedule an in-person laboratory audit please contact EH&S at 7-2211 or ehs.binghamton.edu.
Biweekly Laboratory Safety Training
The Lab Safety Division is proud to announce we will be offering small session format Lab Safety Training every other Thursday from 1:30-3pm in the EHS Training room.
The EHS Training room has a capacity of 16 people, so space is tight. For this reason we ask that reservations be made by emailing the training Coordinator, Stephen Endres, at firstname.lastname@example.org
View the EHS Calendar HERE.