7331 - Compressed Medical Gas Storage - Cylinders by compliancedoctor

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									    SUBJECT:         COMPRESSED MEDICAL GAS STORAGE -                    REFERENCE #7331
                     CYLINDERS                                           PAGE: 1
    DEPARTMENT: DURABLE & HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT                           OF: 2
                                                                         EFFECTIVE:
    APPROVED BY:                                                         REVISED:


POLICY:

All company facilities which store medical gases shall designate a safe storage area for the
cylinders which complies with the guidelines set forth by the DOT, Compressed Gas Association
(CGA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and local fire and hazardous materials
regulations.

STANDARDS:

        Cylinders should be stored in an assigned area which is dry and has good ventilation.
         Closed storage must be visibly identified as oxygen storage on the outside.

        Cylinders should not be stored near flammable material, especially oil, grease or any other
         readily combustible substances. The cylinders should not be placed under line shafting or
         other places where oil can drip on the cylinder, its valve or other attachments.

        Cylinders should never be allowed to reach a temperature exceeding 130 degrees
         Fahrenheit. A temperature monitoring device (i.e., thermometer) shall be maintained in the
         cylinder storage area.

        Cylinders should be protected from abnormal mechanical shock which may damage the
         cylinder, valve or safety device. The cylinders should not be placed near elevators,
         gangways or in locations where heavy moving objects may strike them or fall on them.

        Cylinders should be protected from tampering.

        Cylinders shall be stored in the order they are received from the manufacturer, supplier or
         client and shall be separated and labeled or tagged to identify if they are empty or full.
         Cylinders with the most current dates of receipt shall be in the back, according to product
         rotation principles.

        Cylinders should not be stored within five (5) feet of electrical outlets or equipment which
         gets hot or which sparks during operation. Radios, television sets and heaters should be
         kept at least five (5) feet away from oxygen units.




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    SUBJECT:         COMPRESSED MEDICAL GAS STORAGE -                        REFERENCE #7331
                     CYLINDERS                                               PAGE: 2
    DEPARTMENT: DURABLE & HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT                               OF: 2
                                                                             EFFECTIVE:
    APPROVED BY:                                                             REVISED:


        __________________ cylinder storage area shall have signs posted regarding safety
         precautions and “No Smoking” and “No Open Flames” restrictions.

        Cylinders shall not be used as rollers, supports or for any purpose other than that for which
         they are intended by the supplier.

        The safety relief devices on the cylinders must be placed or protected during storage, so
         that water cannot collect or freeze on them in any way which would interfere with their
         proper operation.

        Small cylinders (sizes D & E) should be stored in bins or racks if available.

        Cylinders must be stored in such a manner that they are protected from weather and
         unauthorized access and shall be restrained from being knocked over.

        All liquid oxygen containers (DOT - 4L) cylinders must be stored in an upright position.

        Valves should be kept closed on empty cylinders during storage to avoid entry of
         atmospheric contaminants.

        Contents of filled cylinders expire five (5) years from the date of fill.




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