Safety

Safety First

When it comes to welding with gas, there are a few top tips to keeping safe. Whether it’s transporting your cylinders, or setting up for the weld, be conscious that you’re dealing with gas, a product that needs to be treated with care.  Remember that all gases in cylinders are compressed, and so the physical impact of pressure release can lead to injuries or other dangers.

In transit 

When transporting your gas cylinders, don’t put them in a car, four-wheel drive or station wagon. Instead use a well-ventilated trailer or truck. Always transport gas cylinders in an upright position. Be sure they are well secured and won’t move in transit. When moving cylinders, never roll them. 

Storing your cylinders 

Gas cylinders should always be stored in a well-ventilated area, ideally outside in a lock-up cage but with some overhead protection. Store cylinders on a level floor made from solid, non-combustible materials.  When being stored, gas cylinders should always be retained. Secure them using a racking system or use a non-abrasive coated chain that will not scratch the cylinder. Never store objects on top of gas cylinders.

The set up for the weld

When welding with gas, always connect and use the right tools and equipment. Never use faulty equipment. Always test for leaks before starting on the weld. Don’t expose gas cylinders to artificial forms of heat. For example, a cutting torch, metal grinding, or welding arc strikes.

Never use oil or grease on gas equipment and particularly near oxygen because the reaction may cause an explosion.

The welding operation 

Personal protective gear is a must for any welder. Wear the right safety gear. For example, if you’re oxy-acetylene welding use the specified safety glasses. For MIG and TIG welding wear the appropriate welding shield. Wear leather gloves, overalls, and safety boots.

Always weld on a surface that’s non-flammable such as a metal workbench. Work in a well-ventilated area. 

Remember that all flammable gases will burn or may explode when exposed to open flames. Always have the appropriate fire extinguisher handy. 

Click below for safety data sheets on gases from our Trade N Go Gas™ range: