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Compressed Gas Cylinders


This checklist is not all-inclusive. You should add to it or delete items that do not apply to your business; however, carefully consider each item and make your decision. You should refer to Minnesota statutes and rules, and federal OSHA standards adopted by reference in Minnesota for specific guidance that may apply to your work situation (see www.dli.mn.gov/). (Note: This checklist is typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries.)
  • Are cylinders with a water weight capacity over 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) equipped with a means to connect a valve protector device, or with a collar or recess to protect the valve?
  • Are cylinders legibly marked to clearly identify the type of gas?
  • Are compressed gas cylinders stored in areas protected from external heat sources such as flame impingement, intense radiant heat, electric arcs, or high-temperature lines?
  • Are cylinders located or stored in areas where they will not be damaged by passing or falling objects or subject to tampering by unauthorized persons?
  • Are cylinders stored or transported in a manner to prevent them from creating a hazard by tipping, falling, or rolling?
  • Are cylinders containing liquefied fuel gas stored or transported in a position so that the safety relief device is always in direct contact with the vapor space in the cylinder?
  • Are valve protectors always placed on cylinders when the cylinders are not in use or connected for use?
  • Are all valves closed off before a cylinder is moved, when the cylinder is empty and at the completion of each job?
  • Are low-pressure fuel gas cylinders checked periodically for corrosion, general distortion, cracks, or any other defect that might indicate a weakness or render them unfit for service?
  • Does the periodic check of low-pressure fuel gas cylinders include a close inspection of the cylinders' bottoms?
Source: Federal OSHA