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This leaflet provides information on
the fire and explosion hazards in the
use of oxygen.
It is for anyone who uses oxygen
gas in cylinders.
HSE8(rev2)
TAKE CARE WI TH OXYGEN
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xygen gas in cylinders is used by many people at work
and sometimes at home. It is used:

\u2734in welding, flame cutting and other similar processes;
\u2734for helping people with breathing difficulties;
\u2734in hyperbaric chambers as a medical treatment;
\u2734in decompression chambers for people who work in

compressed air or in deep-sea diving;
\u2734for food preservation and packaging;
\u2734in steelworks and chemical plants.
The air we breathe contains about 21% oxygen. Without

oxygen we would die in a matter of minutes. It may be hard to believe, but oxygen can also be dangerous. The dangers are fire and explosion.

Oxygen behaves differently to air, compressed air, nitrogen
and other inert gases. It is very reactive. Pure oxygen, at
high pressure, such as from a cylinder, can react violently
with common materials such as oil and grease. Other
materials may catch fire spontaneously. Nearly all materials
including textiles, rubber and even metals will burn vigorously

in oxygen.
TAKE CARE WI TH OXYGEN
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