Be Safe with Acetylene

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Updated: August 27, 2020

The benefits of using acetylene for welding and cutting applications are well established. Acetylene has excellent thermal proper ties and is extremely efficient, and faster processing translates into significant time and cost savings.

Because of its high flammability, however, acetylene, like any fuel gas, can present a serious safety hazard if it is not transported, stored and handled properly.

Accidents involving acetylene are reported every year, with many of these resulting in serious injury or even death. By following some simple guidelines, you can stay on the right road to handling and transporting acetylene safely, protecting yourself and those around you.

  • Secure it: ensure cylinders are fixed and secure before starting your journey
  • Ventilate it: use a well-ventilated vehicle, ideally an open or flatbed truck, or a vehicle with a purpose-built sealed cabinet vented to the outside
  • Respect it: acetylene cylinders must be transported and stored vertically. If acetylene cylinders have been found lying on their side, allow them to stand in an upright position for at least 30 minutes before use. If you don’t have the right vehicle or set up to transport acetylene safely, it can be delivered to you by people who do.

Contact your local Gas & Gear or call the friendly customer service team on 131 262.

For more information visit the website www.boc.com.au/acetylenesafe