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Compressed Gases
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This topic covers safety issues surrounding compressed gas cylinder use and storage. Compressed gases include acetylene, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrous oxide, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), propane, and compressed air. For information on aerosol cans, refer to the Flammables and Combustibles topic.

Numerous OSHA standards contain requirements for compressed gases. For example, 29 CFR 1910.101 directly addresses compressed gas safety, while standards for asbestos (29 CFR 1910.1001) and lead (29 CFR 1910.1025) do not permit the use of compressed air for cleaning contaminated surfaces.

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Interpretations Transportation of compressed gas chambers.[1926.350] 05/05/1992National
Directives 03/11/1981 - STD 3-8.2 - 29 CFR 1926.350(a)(9) Securing of Compressed Gas Cylinders 07/16/2003National
Directives 08/14/1989 - PUB 8-1.5 - Guidelines for Pressure Vessel Safety 07/22/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-10.2 - Drains on Air Receivers; 29 CFR 1910.169(a)(2)(i) and (6)(2) 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-5.8 - 29 CFR 1910.104(b)(3)(iii), Oxygen; Bulk Oxygen Systems; Distance Between Systems and Exposures; Fire Resistive ... 07/07/2003National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Compressed Gases - General Industry  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Compressed Gasses - General Industry  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.105 Nitrous oxide  National
Regulations 29 CFR §§ 1910.166 -- 1910.168 [Reserved]  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.101 Compressed gases (general requirements)  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.103 Hydrogen  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.104 Oxygen  National
Questions & Answers 29 CFR 1910.169(b)(3) requires that all safety valves be tested frequently and at regular intervals to determine whether they are in good operating condition.What does "frequently and at regular intervals " mean? 06/03/2014National
Talks A Sleeping Giant (Word)  National
Quizzes Aerosol Can Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Aerosol Can Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Aerosol Can Safety (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Quizzes Aerosol Can Safety (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Aerosol Can Safety (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Quizzes Aerosol Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Aerosol Safety (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Aerosol Safety (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
Talks Compressed Air (Word)  National
Talks Compressed Air is for Machines, Not People! (Word)  National
Quizzes Compressed Gas and Air (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Compressed Gas and Air (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
Forms Compressed Gas Cylinder Storage Areas Form  National
Talks Compressed Gas Cylinders (Word)  National
Interpretations Compressed gas cylinders.[1910.103] 11/14/1996National
Handouts Compressed Gas Safety (PDF)  National
Quizzes Compressed Gas Safety (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Compressed Gas Safety (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Plans Compressed Gas Safety Plan  National
Audio Presentations Compressed Gases  National
Cartoons Compressed Gases (JPG)  National
Handouts Compressed Gases (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Compressed Gases (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Compressed Gases (PDF)  National
Checklists Compressed Gases (PDF)  National
Checklists Compressed Gases (PDF)  National
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