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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When Cylinders are Received

  • Check that the name of the gas is clearly labeled on the cylinder.
  • Check that the appropriate hazard warnings are clearly labeled on the cylinder.
  • Check that the hydrostatic test date is within the last 5 years.
  • Check that the valve cap is in place and can be easily removed.
  • Get a material safety data sheet (MSDS) for the gas and keep it in the lab.

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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