Gas Bottles: remove the hazards. Remember the Safety rules for gas bottles
Gas bottles require careful handling and storage to avoid risks of fire, explosion, intoxication or asphyxia. It is needless to say that the risks will be greater if the bottles are poorly surveyed or left in inappropriate locations. Gas bottles must be returned and pressure tested every 10 years.
Did you know that each gas bottle which is not returned to our supplier is paid by CERN? Please follow this two-step plan to help you identify and/or return gas bottles in your work areas. As some of these bottles are no longer needed, or even empty, they are an unnecessary expense.
Step 1 - Identify the gas bottles. Take a photo of the delivery label with the bar code and any other information on the bottle and send us the picture at the following address : BE-Safety@espace.cern.ch
Step 2 - Decide which bottles are to be kept for use or returned or pressure tested.
- The gas is kept for use: The BE-Safety Unit informs you if the gas bottle needs to be pressure tested or not. If yes, follow the procedure afterwards. If not, the BE-Safety Unit records the date of the last test and will contact you when needed.
- The gas bottle is no more used or must be pressure-tested and must be returned: Follow the procedure given by GS-IS. You can either bring the gas bottle to your nearest gas point (leave it on the « empty » side) or request for a « demande de transport interne » in EDH.
References and contacts :
- Safety Instruction 42, Gas Bottle safety
- Procedure to return gas bottles, GS web site
- BE-Safety@espace.cern.ch, contact BE Safety Unit