Gas Cylinder Management

Potential hazards of compressed gases may include high pressure, asphyxiation, flammability, explosivity, toxicity, corrosivity, pyrophoricity and exposure to extreme temperature (with cryogenic gases). Safety regulations cover: labeling and construction of cylinders; safe handling, use, and storage.

Compressed Gas Safety Training

Basic safety principles for all personnel working with or around compressed gas cylinders is available through STARS. Detailed lab/process specific training is provided by lab manager/supervisor before using compressed gasses.

Chemical Inventory

Compressed Gas Cylinders Storage

Improper storage is observed during fire safety and hazardous materials inspections; cylinders should be held in a suitable rack or secured to other rigid structures.

  • Cylinders must be stored upright
  • Metal restraints at 1/3 AND 2/3 height of cylinder
  • Max of 2 cylinders per set of chains
  • Cylinder bench clamps are NOT allowed
  • Attach valve cap when compressed gas cylinder is not in service

Seismic Restraint Installation

Compressed Gas Cylinder Storage Area

  • Protect from external heat sources and passing/falling objects
  • Well-ventilated - do not store in cold rooms!
  • Separate from incompatibles and isolate from highly flammable materials (>20 ft)
  • Restrict access to compressed gas cylinders; Keep away from main access/ egress points.
  • Signage - When storing flammable gases, post signs identifying flammable gas precautions (i.e., no smoking, no open flames).