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Q: One of our Surgery centers recently had a DOH life safety inspection and they were told they need to individually chain each Medgas compressed gas cylinder. If I remember correctly (certainly could be wrong) but I thought the language read something general like they need to be secure. Can you help me on this?
A: The DOH surveyor is incorrect. According to NFPA 99-2012 Handbook, page 84, it says NFPA 99 did have a requirement once in NFPA 99-2002 edition for individually securing each cylinder in storage or in rack for a manifold system. However, in the 2005 edition NFPA 99 changed that and went back to the more relaxed “secure all cylinders” language. That language is still in the 2012 edition, which is the edition used now. So, according to NFPA 99-2012, section 220.127.116.11.2 (7), there is no requirement to individually secure each cylinder. Group securing is acceptable, provided it is effective. The DOH surveyor is living in the ‘old ages’.