Gas Bottle Storage

Published: 10 July, 2017

Gas Bottle Storage

The safe storage of gas cylinders is the starting point to working safely with compressed gases

To assist in the day to day management of your gas store PGS have created \'Know Your Stores\' available to download as a PDF and to purchase from our shop.

For those tasked with the planning and construction of a compressed gas cylinder storage facility, best practice guidance can be found in BCGA GN2, as summarised below.

Know Your Gas Stores


  • Access for emergency services
  • Heavier than air gases 3 metres from pits and drains
  • Lighter than air gases 3 metres from air intake
  • Indoor stores are not recommended



  • At least 50% of store perimeter unobstructed to allow the free flow of air
  • For non-flammable or small quantities of flammable gases at least 25% of air flow


  • No Smoking
  • No unauthorised personnel
  • Fire fighting equipment
  • Gases by type
  • Full & empty (for housekeeping purposes)
  • Flammable gas
  • Acetylene

Fire Fighting

  • Dry powder extinguishers are used on gases
  • Advise emergency services of location & substances
  • Emergency procedures in place and well-practised
  • Entrances /exits are unobstructed


  • Made from non-combustible materials
  • Fences at least 180cm high
  • Adequate safe lighting
  • Consider crash barriers
  • Level & non porous flooring
  • Locked & accessed by appointed personnel
  • 60 minute firewalls separating vulnerable populations such as schools

House keeping

  • Stores are locked at all times
  • Packaging & other combustibles removed
  • Approved detectors available
  • Keep records of all cylinders
  • Monitor for theft
  • Check rental is being paid


All people engaged in the storage & handling of gases in cylinders shall receive regular and formalised training.
Records of person\'s training should be kept.

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