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Storage (Medical Gas)Oxygen CylindersGas Cylinders

Q: For oxygen cylinders (full and empty), are there any regulations in storing them in clean utility room or med rooms? A: Yes. According to NFPA 99-2012, section 11.3.2, you …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 20, 2020
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Q: Presently there is an interpretation at our facilities that "E" cylinders of oxygen that are "In Use" or "Not Empty" is an allowable title for storing oxygen tanks versus …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 4, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: How many E-cylinders are permitted per smoke compartment and do "partials" count as part of the quantity? A: Basically, you can have an unlimited number of ‘E’ cylinders per …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 4, 2020
Medical GasGas Cylinders

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 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 2, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: We recently had our triennial accreditation survey and the surveyors are saying that each individual oxygen tank must be labeled as being ‘Full’ or ‘Empty’, even though the rack …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 1, 2020
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Oxygen CylindersGas Cylinders

Q: Can E-cylinders be stored in a closet where people hang their jackets even if they are in an acceptable storage cart? A: Yes… up to a certain number of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 6, 2020
Storage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: In healthcare, when calculating the 300 cubic feet of oxidizing gases like oxygen and nitrous oxide, do "air" tanks figure into the calculation? A: Yes… According to 3.3.128 of …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 23, 2019
Storage (Medical Gas)ArticleGas Cylinders

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... Yes... we are looking at oxygen cylinder storage issues again... Yuck. The sad thing is, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 14, 2019
Storage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: My Facilities Director just attended a state association of healthcare facilities managers. He stated that the presenter said that for oxygen cylinder storage and segregation, if a cylinder is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 30, 2019
Storage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

Q: Is there a code from NFPA or Joint Commission in regards to "cloth" curtains hanging in around/in front of oxygen cylinders. And if so would it make a difference …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 23, 2019
Fire DoorsArticleGas CylindersStorage Room

Q: I have an oxygen/med gas storage room that is attached to the hospital, and can only gain access to the room by way of the exterior of building. Does …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 28, 2018
Cooking AppliancesQ&AFlammable LiquidsGas Cylinders

Q: Can we store compressed butane gas cylinders used for food-warming and heating in the kitchen or do they require special storage? A: NFPA 30 requires all flammable gases and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 11, 2015
Q&AOxygen CylindersGas Cylinders

Q: Several of our department have stretchers with onboard E-size oxygen cylinders. Can these be considered "in use" and not count against the smoke compartment's 300 cubic feet limit? Also, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 7, 2013
Business OccupanciesArticleGas Cylinders

I was recently asked what the requirements were for storing compressed gas cylinders in a business occupancy. According to section 1-2, NFPA 99 (1999 edition) applies to all health care facilities, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 23, 2012
Q&AGas Cylinders

Q: We have a contractual Dialysis Unit on the 2nd Floor of our Medical Office Building which consists mainly of one large open room. Very often in the treatment area …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 1, 2012
Q&AGas Cylinders

Q: At our hospital, we have differing opinions concerning the proper method to restrain compressed gas cylinders. Would you please provide us the code reference regarding the correct method to …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 18, 2012
Q&AGas Cylinders

Q: Our gas storage room has little mini-helium tanks which are full and under pressure. Are these tanks required to be restrained in the same way that the larger ‘E’ …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 1, 2010

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