Guardian Gas - Handling Procedures

1) Wear stout gloves. Never lift a container by the cap or guard unless the supplier states it is
    designed for  that purpose.

2) Use a trolley or other suitable device or technique for transporting heavy containers, even for a
    short distance.

3) Leave valve protections caps (where provided) in place until the container has been secured
    against a wall or bench or placed in a stand and is ready for use.

4) Never remove valve guards or cages which permit access to the container valve. This type of valve
    protection is intended to be permanently attached.

5) Where necessary wear suitable eye and face protection. The choice between safety glasses,
    chemical goggles, or full face shield will depend on the pressure and nature of the gas being used.

6) Where necessary for toxic gases see that self-contained positive pressure breathing apparatus or
    a full face air line respirator is available in the vicinity of the working area. Check for gas leaks
    using a suitable method. Flammable and toxic gas monitors are available. Where a gas is toxic,
    check special procedures specified by supplier.

7) Ascertain that an adequate supply of water is available for first aid, fire fighting, or dilution of
   corrosive material in the event of leakage.

8) Employ suitable pressure regulating devices on all containers when the gas is being emitted to
    systems with a lower pressure rating than that of the container.

9) Before connecting the container for use, ensure that back feed from the system into the container
    is prevented.

10) Ascertain that all electrical systems in the area are suitable for service with each gas. Never use
     direct flame or electrical heating devices to raise the pressure of a container. Containers should
     not be subjected to temperatures above 45 degrees celsius.

11) Never re-compress a gas or a gas mixture from a container without consulting the supplier.