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Compressed gas cylinders exist so that gases can be stored effectively. To do that, these gases are placed under a great deal of pressure, and that can be dangerous. Under most circumstances compressed gas cylinders are perfectly safe. However, there are a number of situations that can occur when handling or working with gas cylinders can cause problems and create hazardous situations.
Since compressed gases are frequently used in many laboratories, employees need to be familiar with various types of compressed gases, how compressed gas cylinders work and what precautions should be taken when dealing with them. To help employees be prepared to work with compressed gas cylinders, this education and training program is designed to present basic information on these containers, as well as how they work and hazards that are associated with them.