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Handling Cylinders

Gas Cylinders are heavy and can present a high centre of gravity relative to the user.

Ensure that you are trained to use the gas moving trollies and that you are able to deal with the mass [weight] of the cylinder and trolley before you attempt to move them. You must be trained to handle gas cylinders.

Do: Don't:
Check cylinder is upright [vertical] in the storage area Move a cylinder which is in a horizontal, or obviously unstable, position – seek assistance from safety officer(s).
Check the mass [weight] of the chosen cylinder by gentle rocking to gauge your ability to move it [unchain from the stillage if necessary].

Move a cylinder with a valve key [spanner] in the valve.

Safety Footwear must be worn to handle cylinders. Use risk assessment to determine if other PPE is required [e.g. gloves/eye protection]. Churn the cylinder for excessive distances.
Ensure correct identity tag is attached to the neck of the cylinder.
Move a cylinder if there is any obvious leakage from it.
Select a suitable cylinder trolley for the size of the cylinder Leave a cylinder unrestrained.
Unchain the cylinder and ease out of the stillage by alternate tip and roll technique.  
Churn* the cylinder to move it, locate into the trolley and secure by the chain  
Ease the trolley backwards to take the load off the ground.  
Move to the point of use.  
Repeat the process in reverse to mount the cylinder.  
Secure by restraint.  
Hang tag on hook  

      *churn = tilt slightly towards you from vertical, support the weight; carefully rotate the cylinder so to move over the surface. TRAINING REQUIRED.

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      Gas cylinder and transport trolley

      picture5 Note : this is just one type of trolley