1.0 Purpose and Applicability

This safety guidance for handling compressed gases provides basic information, including compressed gases classification and their hazardous properties, storage, handling and use, transportation and relocation, and disposal of cylinders.

This guidance is applicable to all research and teaching laboratories and non-laboratory areas (facility management, machine shops, studio arts, etc.), where compressed gas cylinders and refrigerated liquefied gases are stored and used. This document meets the Hazard Communication Standard 2012 and GHS classification and labeling criteria.

Other OSHA regulations pertaining to compressed gas cylinders include:
29 CFR 1910.101 and 1910.252 (general requirements)
29 CFR 1910.102 (acetylene)
29 CFR 1910.103 (hydrogen)
29 CFR 1910.104 (oxygen)
29 CFR 1910.105 (nitrous oxide)