Safety at Work

Safety in gas installations

Let's talk about the safety of gas installations.

Safety in gas installations is basically about common sense, knowing the product and knowing how to work with gas.

There are two types of gas, natural gas and propane gas, the one heavier than air the other lighter than air. We need to know which gas we're working with.

If we're working with gas that's heavier than air, the danger points will be low down:

  • the floor,
  • motors,
  • cookers.
But if we're working with gas that's lighter than air, the danger points are lamps and so on, higher up. If we know that, we'll know how to react at all times.

Whenever we work with gas, we use non-sparking tools, special tools to avoid any friction or sparks that could cause an explosion. When working in homes or spaces that are not confined, we use detectors. But in confined spaces we work with an explosimeter that been properly set up.

We have to be sure that everyone working with gas is familiar with the data sheets for the products - natural gas and propane - and that they know which is more or less dense than air. And that they know how flammable it is, how toxic it is and its characteristics.

If we understand its characteristics, we'll be ready for any risky situation. As I said earlier, we use both these products - natural gas and propane - and anyone working with gas must know the data sheet.

If you know the product, know its flammability limit, know its toxicity, know what to do if we need first aid, know its density, know all this information, we'll be able to face any risky situation and avoid accidents. It's essential that any technician working with gas knows all this because otherwise, without this knowledge, they should not work with gas.

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