Outline of the different gas bottle sizes in Australia

Dec 27, 2018 Posted by Walter Ingles

In Australia compressed gases are stored in three different cylinders types, each with their own standard sizes denoted by a letter code. In this blog we outline the different gas bottle types and sizes (capacity/dimensions) as specified by Australian Standard AS4332-2004 -  The storage and handling of gases in cylinders.

REMEMBER: compressed gases are classified as Dangerous Goods as well as Hazardous Chemicals. If you are getting confused trying to manage your safety obligations why not download our free eBook Gas Cylinder Storage: Compliance and Safety Requirements.

 

High pressure industrial gas cylinders

High pressure industrial gas cylinders house compressed gases like Carbon Dioxide, Argon, Nitrogen, Helium, Hydrogen, and Oxygen. In Australia cylinders are categorised by a letter code and come in standard sizes as follows:

High Pressure industrial gas cylinder sizes table imagehigh pressure industrial gas cylinder sizes image diagram

REMEMBER: All measurements are approximates only as sizes and weights will vary depending on the gas type, volume, and fill pressure.

 

LPG Cylinders

LPG Cylinders come in a range of sizes with their own letter codes. From fuelling gas BBQs to powering forklifts, you are probably familiar already with many of these cylinder sizes. Here are a few examples:

  • Sizes N and P — used for home BBQs and camping equipment
  • Sizes Q/T and R  — used to power forklift trucks;
  • Size S — commonly used for heating domestic homes and small business plus premises operating commercial gas appliances; and
  • 90kg tanks — permanently installed and filled onsite at residential homes or businesses operating commercial gas appliances.

LPG Cylinders sizes table image
LPG Cylinders sizes diagram image

REMEMBER: LPG gases are highly flammable, odourless, and asphyxiants. They should be stored outdoors away from heat and other ignitions sources (including static electricity).

Acetylene Cylinders

Acetylene is an industrial gas used for cutting applications and welding steel. It’s extremely volatile and must be dissolved in a solvent and stored in special cylinders containing a porous mass. Acetylene cylinders come in the following standard sizes:

Acetylene Cylinders sizes table image

Acetylene Cylinders sizes diagram image

REMEMBER: Acetylene cylinders have additional precautions and safety requirements for usage and storage. Keep reading our blog series on gas cylinder safety and storage for more information.

Next Steps

Do you need know how to safely store and use gas bottles at your workplace? Why not download our free eBook free eBook Gas Cylinder Storage: Compliance and Safety Requirements, it presents the requirements of the AS 4332—2004 in an easy-to-read format. Read it today and get your workplace 100% safety compliant.

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Walter Ingles

Walter Ingles Compliance Specialist

Walter is STOREMASTA’s Dangerous Goods Adviser. He loves helping businesses reduce the risk that Dangerous Goods pose upon their employees, property and the environment through safe and compliant dangerous goods storage solutions.

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