Compressed Gas Safety

One of the most common safety hazards in all labs are compressed gas cylinders. Handling and storage of these cylinders is also one of the most common EPA and OSHA violations. The following simple guidelines will help ensure a safe lab.

Flammable, Asphyxiant, Toxic, Corrosive, Oxidizer, Pyrophoric and Cryogenic gases require additional safety measures. Contact Environmental Health and Safety for training and information.

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Disposal of Used Gas Cylinders

  • Close and tighten valves and replace safety caps on cylinders.
  • Contact supplier/vendor to obtain guidelines for the shipment of cylinders to be returned.
  • Identify the gas that was in the container. Valves will be removed from empty non-toxic gas cylinders before disposal as metal scrap.
  • Contact Environmental Health and Safety for removal of cylinders that cannot be returned to the supplier/vendor or for disposal of orphaned cylinders.

Read the EH&S Policy 1-5 "Compressed Gas and Cryogenic Fluid Handling, Storage and Disposal" for additional information.

Gas Cylinder Safety Handout


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