Compressed Gas Cylinders

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. 

This generic chemical safety guidance describes basic prudent safety practice for handling this chemical in research labs. The principal investigator (PI) or the lab manager is responsible for developing and implementing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the purchase, storage, and safe handling of this chemical that are specific to the PI’s research.

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  • Compressed Gas Safety - W018CM
    • EHS generic training course is recommended initially and annually for the indicated audience.
    • Audience: Person working with or exposed to hazards from compressed gasses.

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