medicare regulations for dme and hme companies require this policy if it is applicable to the types of services your dme provides, we make this easy for you with just a small amount of customization, you too will meet the requirements of the federal regulations. this policy is updated to the newest 2010 standards.
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. © The Compliance Doctor, LLC 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. © The Compliance Doctor, LLC
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