Compressed and liquefied gas cylinders

Compressed and liquefied gas cylinders

Information regarding storage of compressed and liquefied gases is given in the attached Table  

Mishandling compressed gas cylinders – which can have a very high  internal pressure– can be disastrous. Dropping, tipping over or exposing a cylinder to heat can cause feebleness or snaps in the cylinder’s covering, which can result in a shrapnel-laden explosion. 



  • Secure cylinders upright to the wall with a chain or strap in a proper cylinder cart. 
  • Containers should be stored with their valves uppermost. 
  • Cylinders should be stored preferably in the open air on a concrete or load-bearing surface. Flammable liquids, combustible, corrosive, oxidizing materials, toxic materials or compressed gas cylinders should be kept separate from LPG containers in general.  
  • Store cylinders at least 6 meters from inflammable materials in a dry, ventilated place. 
  • Keep oxygen cylinders at least 6 meters from fuel gas cylinders 


The majority of incidents and injuries involving gas cylinders occur during handling or transportation. To help prevent incidents when moving cylinders 

  •  Handle cylinders with care and avoid dropping or hitting them against anything. 
  • Follow proper procedures and use the right equipment, including safety glasses, heavy-duty gloves and protective footwear. 
  • Ensure safety measures, such as caps or guards, are securely installed. 
  • Use a cart or hand truck instead of dragging or rolling cylinders. 
  • Use proper cradles, nets or platforms if using a crane. 
  • Avoid lifting cylinders by their caps or guards or with magnets or slings, which can damage the valves.