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Q: Are there any restrictions to storing medical gas cylinders in the same room as industrial gas cylinders? Specifically, can we store oxygen cylinders used for cutting torch in the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 18, 2020
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Q: I have a question regarding medical gas cylinder storage. We have a gas manifold room in a business occupancy that meets the room requirements for quantities that exceed 3,000 …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Nov 25, 2020
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
Medical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Gas Cylinders

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
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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
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
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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
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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)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
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
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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
Q&AMedical GasStorage (Medical Gas)Doors

Q: I have an existing medical gas storage room in an outpatient surgery center that was constructed with 1-hour barriers and ¾ hour fire rated door. A surveyor cited me …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | May 25, 2015
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

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