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Compressed Gas Cylinder Storage

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From: Debra Jacobson (djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 09:35:19

If you have any welding, fire suppression for electrical or computer systems, or natural gas forklifts this guidance is for you.

Compressed gas cylinder storage is a common violation noted by fire inspectors for which NFPA codes apply and are not covered in ERC's summary below. NFPA 55 - Standard for the Storage, Use, and Handling of Compressed and Liquefied Gases in Portable Cylinders http://www.nfpa.org/Home/index.asp
Debra Jacobson

How should I store compressed gas cylinders, such as welding gases, inside a building?

OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.253(b)(2) specifies the following:
Cylinders must be kept away from radiators and other sources of heat.
Inside buildings, cylinders storage areas must be well-protected, well-ventilated, dry, and at least 20 feet (6.1 m) from highly combustible materials such as oil, grease, or wood shavings.
Store cylinders in specifically assigned places, away from elevators, stairs, or gangways.
Assigned storage spaces must be located where cylinders will not be knocked over or damaged by passing or falling objects, or subject to tampering by unauthorized persons.
Do not keep cylinders in unventilated enclosures such as lockers and cupboards, and always keep cylinder valves closed.

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