Within a healthcare facility, compressed gases are usually stored and delivered either by fixed piped gas systems or individual cylinders. Compressed gases are often present in surgical areas because they are used for anesthesia.
Potential hazards associated with compressed gas will vary based on the contents; hazards may include fire, explosion, and toxicity.
- 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.
- 29 CFR 1910.101, Compressed gases. OSHA Standard.
- 29 CFR 1910.103, Hydrogen. OSHA Standard.
- 29 CFR 1910.104, Oxygen. OSHA Standard.
- 29 CFR 1910.105, Nitrous oxide. OSHA Standard.
- Compressed Gas and Equipment. OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page.
- NFPA 99, Standard for Health Care Facilities, Chapter 4, Gas and Vacuum Systems. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), (2005).
- Compressed Medical Gases Guideline. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), (1989).