Compressed gas cylinders are used in a wide range of research and support activities on campus. With nearly 200 different types of products and a wide variety of shapes and sizes, working with compressed gas cylinders on a daily basis presents both physical and chemical hazards. Some of the hazards associated with cylinder use include: explosion, tip over, projectile, asphyxiation or poising. As a result, proper handling and storage of compressed gas cylinders is an important part of safe laboratory practice.
It is the policy of The Ohio State University (OSU) to take precautions to eliminate potential hazards in the workplace. The purpose of this Compressed Gas Safety Program is to provide the hazards associated with compressed gases and outline the steps to take to ensure employees who work with, or around compressed gases are not exposed to hazards; and to provide procedures for common compressed gas work duties to minimize exposure in accordance with the OSHA Hazardous Materials, Compressed Gas standards (29 CFR 1910.101); Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations; and Compressed Gas Association (CGA) guidelines.