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.
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).