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Cylinders of compressed gas.
Cylinders of compressed gas.

Within a healthcare facility, compressed gases are usually found in either fixed piped gas systems or in individual cylinders.


Potential hazards associated with compressed gas will vary based on the chemicals; however, they may include fire, explosion, and toxicity.

Recognized Controls and Work Practices

  • Store, handle, and use compressed gases in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.101(b) and Pamphlet P-1-1965 from the Compressed Gas Association. Comply with all provisions of 29 CFR 1910.101.
  • Store all cylinders, whether empty or full, in an upright position.
  • Secure cylinders of compressed gases. Never drop cylinders or allow cylinders to strike each other with force.
  • Transport compressed gas cylinders with protective caps in place and do not roll or drag the cylinders.
Caution: Keep All Cylinders Chained.
Caution: Keep all cylinders chained.

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