Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety

Brewers Association Safety subcommittee members outline necessary steps to ensure the safe handling, storage, and use of compressed gas cylinders in the brewery environment.

Virtually all breweries house compressed gas cylinders of some kind, often in the form of CO2 cylinders, O2 cylinders, bulk CO2 vessels, air compressors, propane tanks, and even pressurized empty kegs. Performing a hazard analysis for each vessel type requires understanding of chemical compatibility, chemical attributes, potential energy release due to pressurization, and prevention of creating a hazardous atmosphere. Proper storage, use, and handling of compressed gas cylinders can be easily achieved, but does require a proactive plan to ensure the safety of brewery employees.

All the information below can be downloaded for later use as a pdf: Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety


Speakers: Chris Bogdanoff, Reva Golden, Russell “Tony” McCrimmon

About Our Speakers:

Chris Bogdanoff is currently brewer at Anaheim Brewery, a diploma brewer from American Brewers Guild, and certified draft technician from Micro Matic. In addition to his passion for brewing, he has a background in human resources that gives him a nose for compliance and the motivation for training and development. Chris joined the BA Safety subcommittee in 2016 and notably helped integrate safety information in the third edition of the BA’s Draught Beer Quality Manual.

Reva Golden entered the brewing industry as a quality control sampling technician at Coors Brewing Company. After attending the American Brewers Guild and working in a number of craft breweries, Reva turned her focus from beer quality and production to worker health and safety. Recently graduated from Colorado State University, earning a Master’s of Science in Industrial Hygiene, Golden is a charter member of the BA Safety subcommittee.

Russell “Tony” McCrimmon is OHST Certified, and Safety and Health Specialist Certified. Tony has done work in many industries and types of production both as a technical applications specialist and safety professional. He is also a subject matter expert for process automation, production, and safety equipment. Tony has installed, troubleshot, and trained use and repair for machine guarding, gas detection, supplied breathing air equipment, fall protection, PPE, safety equipment, and managed a gas detector program. Tony is also an OSHA outreach trainer and competent person certified to train forklifts, NFPA 70e, aerial lifts, fall protection programs, confined space entry, HAZWOPER/hazmat, hazcom, and various equipment and safety subjects. He has managed safety programs for small and large companies, and is a member of the BA Safety subcommittee.