Compressed Gas Usage & Proper Storage Techniques
Gas cylinders are routinely used in many industries from manufacturing operations to paper mills and chemical laboratories. Compressed and liquefied gases can potentially cause hazardous working environments if proper storage practices are not followed.
According to the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration, “Hazards associated with compressed gases include oxygen displacement, fires, explosions, and toxic gas exposures, as well as the physical hazards associated with high pressure systems.”
Follow the guidelines below to ensure a safe work environment.
Gas Cylinder Storage Guidelines
- Store gas cylinders in an upright position with special gas cylinder storage racks.
- Keep gas cylinder storage away from highly flammable materials.
- Keep gas cylinders away from electrical connections and other sources of ignition.
- Organize gas cylinder storage separate from oxidizing gases (store acetylene and propane cylinders away from oxygen cylinders).
- Segregate oxygen and fuel gas cylinders with solid, fire-rated partition walls.
- Use a gas cylinder storage building to keep inventory free from moisture, and temperature extremes.
- Store compressed cylinders at temperatures below 125°F; according to OSHA under the General Industry standard 29 CFR 1910.101.
- Keep incompatible substances separate.
- Store corrosive materials in a separate storage area. Rusting can damage gas cylinders, potentially creating a hazardous environment.
- Cylinders, full or empty, must comply with DOT and NFPA labeling requirements and OSHA hazard communication regulations.
- Keep Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on hand for each chemical being stored.
- Ensure proper ventilation when storing toxic compressed gases.
- Take inventory of gas cylinder storage.
- Organize gas cylinders in separate groups: “FULL” or “EMPTY”
- Gas pressure regulators should be inspected every 5 years.
- Allow space for personnel or carts to be used for transporting gas cylinders in and out of your gas cylinder locker.
- Caps must be on when not in use.
- Utilize gas detector alarms for maximum safety.
- Keep cylinders away from exit or entry doors.
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