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Compressed Gas and Equipment
Compressed gas and equipment is addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, and construction. This section highlights OSHA standards and documents related to compressed gas and equipment.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
|Subpart H – Hazardous Materials||1910.101, Compressed gases (general requirements)|
|1910.105, Nitrous oxide|
|Subpart M – Compressed Gas and Compressed Air Equipment||1910.169, Air receivers|
|Subpart Q – Welding, Cutting, and Brazing||1910.253, Oxygen-fuel gas welding and cutting|
|1910.254, Arc welding and cutting|
|Subpart T – Commercial Diving Operations||1910.430, Equipment|
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
|1915 Subpart D – Welding, Cutting and Heating||1915.55, Gas welding and cutting|
|1917 Subpart G – Related Terminal Operations and Equipment||1917.152, Welding, cutting and heating (hot work) (see also 1917.2, definition of hazardous cargo, materials, substance or atmosphere)|
|1917.154, Compressed air|
|1917.155, Air receivers|
Construction (29 CFR 1926)
|Subpart D – Occupational Health and Environmental Controls||1926.65, Hazardous waste operations and emergency response|
|Subpart J – Welding and Cutting||1926.350, Gas welding and cutting|
Note: The "Directives" bullets above link to directives related to each OSHA standard. The directives in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.
- 29 CFR 1926.350(a)(9) Securing of Compressed Gas Cylinders. STD 03-08-002 [STD 3-8.2], (March 11, 1981). Applies to construction sites only, and not to the manufacturers and distributors of welding gases.
- Drains on Air Receivers; 29 CFR 1910.169(a)(2)(i) and (6)(2). STD 01-10-002 [STD 1-10.2], (October 30, 1978). Provides guidelines for issuance of citations for violation of drain requirements for air receivers.
- Reduction of Air Pressure below 30 psi for Cleaning Purposes. STD 01-13-001 [STD 1-13.1], (October 30, 1978). Provides guidance for complying with the standard.
Additional Letters of Interpretation
Note: The “Letters of interpretation” bullets above link to letters related to each OSHA standard. The letters in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.
- Compressed gas cylinders. (November 14, 1996).
- Movement of compressed gas cylinders with regulators installed and "special truck" requirement. (September 9, 1993).
- Applicability of compressed gas cylinder standard to workplaces subject to the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard. (June 5, 1992).
- Transportation of compressed gas chambers. (May 5, 1992).
- Maintaining Workplace Acetylene Cylinders. (February 6, 1992).
- Compressed Gas Cylinder Valve Protector. (July 26, 1989).
- Interpretation of "special truck" as identified in 1910.252(a)(2)(v)(B)(4). (October 24, 1988).
- Applicable regulations to the Nupro 316-DC-RD cylinder valve. (May 16, 1986).
- Valve protection for compressed gas cylinders. (October 22, 1980).
- Clarification of 29 CFR 1926.350(b)(4) to Permit Cylinders Containing Oxygen, Acetylene or Other Fuel Gas to be Taken into Tunnels. (July 7, 1975).
- Using compressed air for cleaning an employee's body and clothing. (January 14, 1994).
- Use of compressed air when cleaning arsenic and lead contaminated surfaces. (March 18, 1993).
- Use of thermoplastic pipe in above ground locations. (February 28, 1991).
- The safe use of portable, compressed-air-actuated, fastener driving tools (staple guns). (August 8, 1986).
- Response to request for variance from 1910.242(b). (December 6, 1985).
- Applicability of 1910.212(a)(3)(ii) to Portable Pneumatic Powered Fastener Tools. (March 25, 1985).
- Clarification that a safety device to automatically cut off the flow of compressed air applies only to pneumatic power tools. (June 6, 1983).
- The use of compressed air for cleaning purposes with a pressure greater than 30 P.S.I. and the use of air guns with long pipes. (April 14, 1978).
There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.