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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Cylinder Storage

  • Cylinders must be individually strapped or secured to prevent falling or rolling.
  • Keep valve caps in place when not in use.
  • Keep valves closed when not in use.
  • Store cylinders with other compatible gases.
  • Do not store flammable gases near oxidizers or combustible materials.

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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