Compressed Gas Cylinders
- Compressed gas cylinders must be properly secured in an upright position at all times by means of an appropriate stand, chain, or strap. (This includes "empty" cylinders.)
Exception: Three (3) foot and smaller cylinders may be stored or transported in the horizontal position if properly secured.
- The protective valve cap should remain in place until the cylinder is secured and the regulator has been attached.
- The contents of cylinders should be properly identified with decals, stencils, tags, or other markings. Color coding is not standardized and should not be relied upon.
- Empty cylinders should be marked distinctly and separated from full cylinders. The valve should be closed and the valve protection cap must be in place on "empty" units.
- Cylinders must be transferred with a cylinder cart or handtruck in an upright position and properly secured with a chain or strap with the protective valve cap in place. Do not roll or drag cylinders. Avoid dropping cylinders or allowing them to strike against one another.
- Do not allow oil, grease, or flammable material to come in contact with cylinders, regulators, or other fittings.
- Do not use oxygen fittings, valves, or regulators for other types of gases. Always use the proper valve connections.
- Always inspect the cylinder valve for damaged threads, dirt, oil, or grease. Remove any dust or dirt with a clean cloth. Do not use cylinders or regulators which do not operate properly.
- A "NO SMOKING" sign should be placed in all rooms containing oxygen or flammable gas cylinders.
- Never mix gases or transfer gas from one cylinder to another.
- Cylinders containing flammable gases such as hydrogen and acetylene should be stored separately from oxidizers and non-flammable gases.
- Do not store cylinders near sources of radiant heat or near combustible or highly flammable substances such as oil or gasoline.
- Return empty cylinders promptly to avoid continued payment of monthly cylinder rental charges.