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Gases contained in pressurised cylinders are used in the University principally for teaching and research and for soldering, welding and flame cutting in maintenance workshops and other workplaces. They are safe after adequate risk assessments have been conducted and when suitable risk reduction measures have been implemented. The main causes of accidents with compressed gases and cylinders include:
Because gases are classed as chemical agents their safe use must be conducted in accordance with the Chemical Agents Regulations (see guidance in NUI Galway Safety Statement - link to follow). Users of compressed gases must understand and comply with other safety-related procedures particularly those concerning laboratories and workshops where compressed gas cylinders are commonly found.
Because such gases are compressed, users must comply with the Pressure Systems Regulations 2012
Relevant links to further information and support documents include:
PLEASE NOTE: If you have any doubt about the safety of or your own knowledge of compressed gases equipment or procedures you are strongly advised to consult with your supervisor before use.