Revised: December 2002
To establish procedures for the safe use, handling, and storage of compressed gas cylinders.
Georgia Health Sciences University shall take every precaution to protect all persons and property against hazards presented by the use, handling, and storing of compressed gas cylinders.
All cylinders purchased or supplied by vendors shall meet the requirements stated in the U.S. Department of Transportation Specifications and Regulations, American National Standards, and the National Fire Protection Association Standard 45 and 99 as adopted by the State of Georgia. Handling, use, and storage of compressed gas cylinders shall be in accordance with these regulations and standards.
3.0 Responsibility of Materials Management
3.1 Ensure that compressed gases purchased or supplied by vendors meet the proper standards.
3.2 Ensure that cylinders are stored, handled, transported, and secured safely as stated in the DOT regulations and NFPA 45 and 99 as adopted by the State of Georgia.
3.2.1 Cylinders shall not be delivered to an area where proper safe securing is not available.
3.2.2 Cylinders shall be transported, stored, and used in an upright position, not horizontal.
3.2.3 Cylinders shall be moved using a proper cylinder cart having a restraint.
4.0 Responsibility of All Personnel
Users of compressed gas cylinders shall comply as follows:
4.1 Cylinders, full or empty, shall be secured by approved methods or devices during storage, use, and transport.
4.2 No more than five cylinders may be secured together in any location that is not specifically designed to be a cylinder storage facility.
4.3 Where removable caps are provided for valve protection, such caps shall be kept on cylinders at all times except when cylinders are in use.
4.4 Cylinders shall not be stored near heat sources or combustible materials, lubricant, electrical wiring and ignition sources, or other non-compatible compressed gases. Storage areas must be well ventilated.
4.5 Flammable gas cylinders shall not be stored with or secured together with non-flammable gas cylinders.
4.6 Cylinders shall be marked “EMPTY” when empty and not be refilled by anyone other than the owner. Empty means to 25 PSI.
4.7 Cylinders shall not be subject to temperatures above 125 degrees F or artificially created low temperatures.
4.8 The correct pressure-reducing regulator must be used for each type of cylinder gas as specified in NFPA 99-4, and each must work properly and be used correctly according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
4.9 Cylinders shall be properly labeled as to their contents.