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FLAMMABLE GASES

FLAMMABLE GASES

UCL MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS WHEN WORKING WITH FLAMMABLE GASES

Examples: Acetylene, Hydrogen, Methane

Heads of Department must appoint a person to be responsible for the management of flammable gases.

The person appointed must be recorded in the departments Responsible Persons Register as Appointed Person (Flammable Gases).

Responsibilities are to :

1. Maintain an inventory of flammable gases used or stored in their area of responsibility.

2. Issue a 'Flammable Gas Safe to Connect' certificate for each delivery of flammable gas.

The 'Flammable Gas Safe to Connect' certificate will be issued to confirm that:

certificate

a risk assessment has been conducted and is available at the point of use;

the people working with the flammable gas are competent to use flammable gas and there is a record of the information, instruction and training they have received;

the location where the gas is to be used is suitable;

cylinders of flammable gas are located separately from sources of ignition. If this is not possible then a suitable enclosure must be used. More...

 

 

BOC will not deliver flammable gases unless a current (i.e. dated within 5 days of the delivery) 'Safe to Connect Flammable Gas' certificate is displayed from June 1st 2015

FLASHBACK ARRESTORS

Flashback arrestors must be fitted to cylinders delivering flammable gases. Flashback arrestors should be:

  • regularly inspected to confirm they are free from damage and contamination;
  • tested and inspected annually by a competent person to ensure they are functioning correctly. BOC carry out the annual test and inspection on behalf of departments;
  • replaced every 5 years.

Managers responsible for the work with flammable gases should ensure that flashback arrestors are inspected, tested and replaced at the intervals specified.

 

USEFUL LINKS

HSE:

Safe use of compressed gases in welding, flame cutting and allied processes

Working safely with acetylene

Take care with oxygen

BOC

Safety Data Sheet


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