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Storage (Medical Gas)Oxygen Cylinders

Q: Our hospital has an offsite Sleep Lab where patients are treated for sleep-related issues. Most patients need to be hooked to oxygen during these tests. The lab is located …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 26, 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
Electrical EquipmentOxygen CylindersNursing Home

Q: I am curious if you know of any regulations that deal specifically with LTC residents with oxygen supply and beauty salons. We have a salon in house, and the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 2, 2019
Storage (Medical Gas)ArticleOxygen Cylinders

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... This room contained more than 300 cubic feet of compressed medical gases (but less than …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 31, 2019
ArticleOxygen Cylinders

Q: Can oxygen tanks be stored under a stretcher or on a wheelchair when no patient is present.? Would this be considered in use? A: Yes… As long as the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 22, 2018
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: Can full oxygen cylinders be stored in a hospital soiled utility room? A: Yes… however, anything stored in a soiled utility room is considered soiled. That would require staff …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 13, 2018
AppliancesArticleOxygen Cylinders

Q: Can you tell me what the rules are for oxygen usage around hair dryers might be? A: As you can imagine, the codes and standards cannot have rules for …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 31, 2018
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: What are the requirements for a small storage room becoming a transfer station for filling oxygen cylinders? What code would there be? What type of ventilation do we need …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 28, 2017
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: I am a consultant and I have a hospital that was cited for co-mingling full and not-full ‘E’ size oxygen cylinders on a rack located on the loading dock …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 17, 2017
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: Our Respiratory Therapist has brought this question to me and I wanted your input. We have the new ‘E’ size oxygen cylinders that are called Oxytote. They are the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 27, 2017
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: In regards to oxygen cylinder storage on the nursing units, is there a code or standard that restricts the distance between a storage rack of 6 E size cylinders …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 5, 2017
Q&AFire Rated CabinetsOxygen Cylinders

Q: In regards to oxygen cylinder storage, if the quantity of gas in storage is between 300 and 3000 cubic feet in a smoke compartment and the full cylinders are …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Apr 26, 2017
ArticleOxygen CylindersStorage Room

Hello readers... I did it again. I made a mistake in my answer to yesterday's posting, which asked the question if signs are required on doors to storage rooms where there is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 24, 2017
Q&AStorage (Medical Gas)Oxygen CylindersSigns (Medical Gas)

Q: If there are oxygen tanks stored on a unit that does not exceed the 12 tank threshold, does the door to the storage area where the tanks are stored …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 22, 2017
ArticleOxygen Cylinders

I had a reader question one of my postings on this blog, that I thought you might be interested in reading... Oxygen Cylinder Storage The reader wanted to know if the yellow fire cabinets could …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 19, 2016
Medical GasArticleOxygen Cylinders

Q: We had a finding from a recent Joint Commission survey on EC. 02.01.01, EP 3. When the surveyor told us about it, he said it related back to an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 16, 2015
ArticleOxygen CylindersClarification

My good friend Gloria Legere shared the following clarification that she wrote for a client hospital. The finding by the surveyor read: There were full and non-full e-cylinders of oxygen …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 11, 2015
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: A local fire inspector approved our outdoor storage shed for full oxygen cylinders. Now a surveyor says it is not compliant because the shed is made of wood, and …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 16, 2015
Q&AAmbulatory Care OccupancyOxygen Cylinders

Q: Since the Life Safety Code addresses ambulatory surgery centers in chapters 20-21, which does not reference oxygen storage requirements, do they have to abide by NFPA 99 concerning storage …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 25, 2014
Q&ABusiness OccupanciesStorage (Medical Gas)Oxygen Cylinders

Q: Our hospital has an offsite building for our cardiac rehab, physical therapy, and pulmonary rehab programs. It also houses our business office and some physician offices. The building is …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jun 30, 2014
Q&AOxygen Cylinders

Q: I came across a bunch of wheelchairs folded up in an equipment storage room. Each had an oxygen cylinder attached. Are these cylinders included in the tally for aggregate …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 21, 2013
Q&AClean LinenHazardous AreasOxygen Cylinders

Q: Are oxygen cylinder tanks (in holders) allowed to be stored in alcoves in corridors? Also, what about clean linen carts? I am told that our accreditation organization allows this, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Oct 14, 2013
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

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