Gas Safety Practical Workshop - Laboratory

Gas Safety Practical Workshop

The Gas Safety Practical Workshop is ideal for all Laboratory staff to undertake. An important emphasis will be placed on the gases and cylinders in use with your company.

The Gas Safety Workshop aims to:

  • empower attendees to handle, use, store, move and transport gas and gas cylinders and use cylinder workstations, manifolds and equipment correctly and safely
  • inform and update attendees on current codes of practice and legislation
  • help improve safety within participating organisations
Gas Safety Practical Workshop
Gas Safety Practical Workshop

The Gas Safety Workshop objectives are designed so that the participants will have an understanding of the following aspects, such as:

  • properties and hazards of gases and cylinders
  • importance of product knowledge
  • current legislation and Codes of Practice governing safety in the workplace
  • necessity for safe systems of work
  • handling, use, storage and transportation of gas and cylinders
  • correct method for handling and moving cylinders
  • correct method of connecting and disconnecting gas cylinders
  • correct selection and safe use of gas controls, safety devices and other equipment
  • selection of correct working pressures, pressurisation and leak testing procedure
  • correct start-up and shut-down of a cylinder workstation or manifold
  • implementation a safe system of work and emergency actions and procedures in the event of an incident, failure, fire or accident
  • Gas cylinders  - design differences for different products, effect of heat on cylinders, cylinder testing, features and function of valves, correct identification of gases, selecting cylinders and preparation for service, decanting hazards, dangers of misuse of cylinders, damaged cylinders
  • Properties of gases - hazards associated using gases, importance of product knowledge, sources of product knowledge, material safety data sheets and associated legal requirements
  • Flammable, Oxidant, Inert, Toxic, Corrosive and Pyrophoric gases - properties and hazards, what can happen if the gases are incorrectly used, handled, stored and moved about
  • Hazards of Oxygen and oil and oil based materials, procedures to be adopted in the event of oil contamination
  • Hazards of Oxygen deficiency and enrichment
  • Potential of inert atmospheres and gases to cause asphyxiation
  • Explosive ranges of flammable gases and cause and effect of thermal dissociation
  • Safe systems of work with gas
  • Importance of frequent leak testing using only safe leak test material
  • Gas cylinders - cause and effects of explosion
  • Gas cylinder handling - legal and safety requirements, risk assessment, hazards of free-standing unsecured cylinders, correct Personal Protective Equipment, mechanical handling devices
  • Manifolds
  • Storage of gas cylinders - segregation, safe distances, store location, marking, access, emergency procedures, control and training requirements
  • Identifying the hazards and assessing the risks
  • Current legislation in place to ensure safety in the workplace
  • The British Compressed Gases Association, Codes of Practice, Guidance Notes and their legal implications in the workplace
  • Emergency procedure for cylinders in fires
  • Gas cylinders in vehicles - safety and legal requirements
  • Securing the cylinder to the manifold/workstation
  • Preparing the cylinder for service (checking the valve etc.)
  • Selecting the appropriate control equipment (regulator) and checking that it is safe to be connected and used
  • Connecting the cylinder to the system
  • Pressurising the system correctly and checking for leaks
  • Dealing with a leak
  • Correct start-up of a gas cylinder workstation/manifold and use of equipment
  • Shut down of system

Further Questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact Teksol Gas Safety Training