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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
Questions & Answers 1910.110(f)(2)(ii)states "containers when stored inside shall not be located near exits, stairways, or in areas normally used or intended for the safe exit of people". Can you tell me what the minimum distance from an exit for storage of propane is? 12/07/2016National
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
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
Forms Compressed Gas Cylinder Storage Areas Form  National
Talks Compressed Gas Cylinders (Word)  National
Interpretations Compressed gas cylinders.[1910.103] 11/14/1996National
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
Quizzes Compressed Gases (PDF)  National
PowerPoints Compressed Gases (PPT)  National
Meetings Compressed Gases (Word)  National
Quizzes Compressed Gases (Word)  National
Quizzes Compressed Gases (Word)  National
Speaker's Notes Compressed Gases - Script View  National
Handouts Compressed Gases and Compressed Air (PDF)  National
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