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Compressed Gas Storage Safety Compliance Checklist

Hundreds of different materials are packaged in compressed gas cylinders, from atmospheric gases to fuel gases to poison gases and more. Many hazards are associated with these gases, including oxygen displacement, explosion hazards, and toxic effects - not to mention the physical hazards of a ruptured cylinder. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) references general requirements for compressed gases. Use this safety compliance checklist to ensure the proper handling and storage of compressed gas and protect your vehicles, facilities and staff.

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Compressed Gas Storage Safety Compliance Checklist

General

Are cylinders legibly marked to identify the gas contained in them?

Are compressed gas cylinders stored in areas away from heat sources?

Are cylinders stored in a manner to prevent them from creating a hazard by tipping, falling, or rolling?

Are valves closed off before a cylinder is moved, when the cylinder is empty, and at the completion of each job?

Are low pressure fuel-gas cylinders checked periodically for corrosion, general distortion, cracks, or any other defect that might indicate a weakness or render it unfit for service?

Does the periodic check of low pressure fuel-gas cylinders include a close inspection of the cylinders' bottom?

If compressed air is used for cleaning off clothing, is the pressure reduced to less than 10 psi?

If welding gases are stored, are oxygen and acetylene separated by a 5-foot non-combustible barrier or separated by at least 20 feet?

Liquid petroleum gas

Is LP gas stored, handled, and used in accordance with safe practices and standards?

Are "No Smoking" signs posted on LP gas tanks?

Are LP storage tanks guarded to prevent damage from vehicles?

Are fuel gas cylinders and oxygen cylinders separated by distance, fire resistant barriers, etc., while in storage?

Fire protection

Are all fire extinguishers accessible, and their locations clearly designated?

Are all fire extinguishers inspected and recharged regularly, and noted on the inspection tag?