Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety

5.0 6 Reviews SKU: C-364Duration: 14 Minutes

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Course Details


Training Time: 14 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Best Practices

Languages: English, Spanish

Prepare yourself and your team to work safely with and around compressed gas cylinders. This course describes compressed gas cylinders and how they are commonly used. Use this course to raise awareness about potential hazards and learn best practices for storage, transport, installation, and use of compressed gas cylinders. Missile hazards and types of compressed gases are also discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe compressed gas cylinders
  • Identify how compressed gas cylinders are used
  • List potential hazards of compressed gas cylinders
  • Identify best practices for storing compressed gas cylinders
  • Describe how to transport compressed gas cylinders

Customer Reviews


Great Training!

“We use the Convergence Training Videos to supplement our Computer Based Training (CBT). So for I have had nothing but positive feedback from our employees. The production is very good and the information is timely and accurate!”

Bennett R. Verified Customer


Compressed Gas for Class

“Upon reviewing the sample video, I purchased the video for the Compressed Gas. It was well done and the teams of workers were awake during the whole video, not like other videos they have seen. I recommend this video for everyone who handles compressed gas tanks.”

Mike Verified Customer


Very Well Done

“Very well done compressed gas training. Our High Pressure instructor was very happy with the course. Great examples.”

Joel B. Verified Customer


Precise and To The Point

“As the Safety Director for a service organization, we provide safety training to various contractors throughout our region. I find these safety training videos very precise and effective in delivering the message. These videos don't contain the poor acting often found in other safety videos. I would encourage others to take advantage of this great collection.”

Scott D. Verified Customer


Clear Understandable Learning

“Clear and to the point. The animation works very well for teaching compressed gas cylinder safety. Employees that I have trained using this course understood the concepts easily.”

Rich S. Verified Customer


Great Training Video

“I was looking for Safety Training similar to the type created by the Chemical Safety Board. Animations and graphics are an excellent way to get the point across to the audience. There are not a lot of Compressed Gas Cylinder safety videos out there that are interesting. This was exactly what I was looking for!”

Ted E. Verified Customer

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What OSHA regulations deal with compressed gas and compressed gas cylinders?
Quite a few, actually. Check this list on OSHA's Compressed Gas and Equipment Safety and Health Topic page.

What are some common hazards associated with compressed gas cylinders?
Fires, explosions, exposure to toxic gases, and the displacement of oxygen, struck-by injuries, and crushing injuries are the most commonly recorded compressed gas cylinder safety incidents.

What kind of hazards might gases inside the cylinders cause?
They might be flammable, combustible, explosive, poisonous, acidic, reactive, and they may displace oxygen. In addition, some gases may be more than one of these.

Can a compressed gas cylinder fly like a missile in some circumstances?
Yes, if the cylinder is damaged, the gases may propel the cylinder through the air for great distances, and even through walls. Our Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety video offers a pretty striking visualization of this.

What is the best way to be safe when working around or with compressed gas cylinders?
Receive proper training, be aware of the hazards, and use safe work practices for storage, transportation, installation, and use.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

When a typical cylinder is filled to its designed pressure of 2,400 psi, it will contain almost 300 cubic feet of atmospheric pressure gas or about 160 times the internal volume of the cylinder. This compression of gas represents a tremendous amount of stored energy. If the outlet valve is broken off, the sudden release of compressed gas can turn the cylinder into a missile with energy to shoot through a cinder block wall. In one reported incident, a damaged cylinder penetrated two sheet metal walls, before becoming airborne and exiting through the roof. The tank reached an altitude of 140 feet before falling back through the building's roof a second time. When a steel cylinder becomes a projectile, it can move with great force, at high speeds, and in unpredictable directions with a potential to cause serious or fatal injuries.

Additional Resources

Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:

  • U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) –
  • OSHA Safety and Health Topics -
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) –
  • NIOSH Publications -
  • American Compressed Gases –
  • American Compressed Gases Safety -
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