Industrial Gases - OXYGEN (O2)

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Oxygen constitutes are approximately by 21% of the air. It is a colorless, odorless and Tasteless gas. Oxygen is supplied both as liquid and as compressed gas. Oxygen is produced by air separation processes that use either cryogenic liquefaction And distillation or vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) separation. Oxygen can be stored and shipped as either a gas or a cryogenic liquid.

The principal uses of Oxygen stems from its strong oxidizing and life-sustaining properties. It is used in medicine for therapeutic purposes.

  • Steel making
  • Oxidation
  • Breathing
  • Metal cutting
  • Glass making
  • Bleaching
  • Production of fuels and chemicals

Hazards Identifications
Compressed gas oxidant. Combustibles in contact with liquid Oxygen may explode on Ignition or impact. Can cause severe frostbite.

Handling and Storage
Use no oil or grease. Do not store in a confined space. Open valve slowly to avoid pressure shock. Post “No Smoking or Open Flames” signs in the storage area. Do not drop, tip or roll containers on their side. Keep container below 50oc in a well ventilated place. Never allow any unprotected part of the body to touch uninsulated pipes or vessels Which contain cryogenic fluids?

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