Some industrial gases have toxic properties to which prolonged exposure may result in serious or permanent injury, even death. Exposure to these gases should be controlled and minimised to ensure that harm does not occur.
The safety data sheet (SDS) of these products should be referred to before use.
Examples of toxic gases include:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Sulphur dioxide
- Hydrogen Chloride
- Methyl Bromide
As a minimum when dealing with toxic gases you should:
- Have adequate security to ensure cylinders are safe from theft and/or unintended misuse.
- Keep tight controls on toxic gas inventory.
- Develop and implement clear safety procedures for toxic gas use which includes;
- knowing the gas risks and how to deal with unintended leaks and exposure
- having and using the correct PPE relevant to the hazards posed by the toxic gases being used
- only allowing fully trained and competent personnel handle and use the gas
- only use the gas for the specific purpose intended.
Contact your supplier if you require any further information relating to the gas being used.
This poster has been developed by ANZIGA for distribution to their customers and agents to highlight the dangers toxic gases.