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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 Flammable Liquids 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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Questions & Answers Is this acceptable or do they have to be chained and stored upright? If chained and stored upright - can you send me to the reg # so that I can email the regulation to them? 02/09/2017National
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
Final Rules 49 CFR 571 - Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Compressed Natural Gas Fuel Container Integrity 02/11/2022National
7 Minute Safety Trainer Aerosol Can Safety (Outline)  National
Quizzes Aerosol Can Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Aerosol Can Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer]  National
Handouts Aerosol Can Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
Quizzes Aerosol Can Safety [7-Minute Safety Trainer] - Spanish  National
PowerPoints Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety  National
Quizzes Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety  National
Handouts Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety  National
Trainer's Guides Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety  National
Speaker's Notes Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety  National
Audiovisual Presentations Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety  National
Training Exercises Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety Exercise 1  National
Training Exercises Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety Exercise 2  National
Forms Compressed Gas Cylinder Storage Areas Form  National
Interpretations Compressed gas cylinders.[1910.103] 11/14/1996National
Plans Compressed Gas Safety Plan  National
Cartoons Compressed Gases (JPG)  National
Checklists Compressed Gases Best Practices Checklist  National
Checklists Compressed Gases Regulatory Compliance Audit Checklist  National
Toolbox Talks Compressed gases: Handling compressed gas cylinders  National
Interpretations Definition of secure for handling of compressed gases in containers [1910.101(b)] 02/11/2015National
Questions & Answers Do hydrogen gas cylinders (both full & empty) have to be individually secured when in storage and not in use? Or, can we use one strap to secure them all together? 05/19/2008National
Questions & Answers Do propane tanks stored outside on the employers site have to be stored in a locked cabinet? 08/13/2014National
Questions & Answers Does OSHA require no smoking signs around gas/diesel fuel storage tanks and storage racks for propane tanks? This is for a General Industry employer (lumber yard). 12/22/2017National
Questions & Answers Empty oxygen cylinders have to be separated from acetylene cylinders and marked as such. Do I need a fire extinguisher with empty cylinders? 11/14/2018National
Training Tips Full of Gas  National
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