A compressed gas cylinder is one of the potential hazards in a chemical manufacturing plant. Examples of potential hazards associated with compressed gas cylinders are high-pressure gases, hazardous gases, falling objects, fire, explosion, and gas leakage.
In general, cylinders are used to store various kinds of gases such as ethylene, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, acetylene, butane, propane, oxygen, nitrogen, and methane. Those gases are flammable and non-flammable gases.
According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,160 injuries and 17 deaths in 2004 caused by pressurized containers.[Continue reading…]