Compressed Gas Cylinders

What is a compressed gas cylinder?

A compressed gas cylinder is a pressure vessel containing a gas or mixture of gases at an absolute pressure exceeding 40 psi at 70˚F; a gas or mixture of gases at an absolute pressure exceeding 104 psi at 130˚F regardless of the pressure at 70˚F, or a liquid having a vapor pressure exceeding 40 psi at 100˚F.

What hazards are associated with compressed gas cylinders?

Compressed gas cylinder hazards include but are not limited to:

1. Leakage of unexpected toxic gases causing poisonous atmosphere
2. Flammable and reactive gases or vapors leak and displace air, creating fire or explosion
3. Leakage of inert gas causing oxygen deficient atmospheres which can suffocate humans
4. Improper storage and securing of cylinders causing physical struck-by hazards
5. Leaking of oxidizing or corrosive substances which can contact people and equipment

What controls may be used to protect yourself from compressed gas cylinder injuries and illnesses?

1. Use only properly identified cylinders and do not rely solely on color codes
2. Wear personal protective equipment that is suitable for the hazard potential of the cylinder contents
3. Do not use cylinders which have corroded valves, gauges or other fixtures
4. Isolate, tag and report cylinders which may present a hazard
5. Do not try to repair cylinders without proper training or while it is pressurized
6. Ensure cylinder caps are in place when not in use
7. Store cylinders upright at all times
8. Never transport with regulator in place
9. Never drag, slide or roll cylinders
10. Ensure cylinders are stored away from ignition sources such as direct sunlight, other thermal heat sources, open flames and smoking areas
11. Mark empty cylinders and separate them from other cylinders
12. Do not use Teflon® tape on cylinder or tube fitting connections which have metal to metal face seals or gasket seals
13. Do not allow oil or grease to contact cylinders or their valves, especially when they contain oxidizing gases

Popular Downloads

Your People and Profits Are Too Important. Save a Life - Book a Call.

Think about it. Everyday employers are being sued by employees, fined by OSHA, losing workers comp insurance, tarnishing their reputations, and even going to jail over a lack of safety and compliance. We can help you avoid this. It starts with a simple phone call.
© OSHIFY® Corporation | All Rights Reserved.


Real Simple Safety App
Real Simple Consulting
Done For You Services
Employee Safety
Business Risk Mitigation
Operational Risk Mgmt.


Document Library & Builder
Safety Training
Safety Meetings
Safety Orientations
Safety Inspections
Incident Recording


Formerly BROWZ
Formerly PICS
Formerly PEC


OSHA Citations
OSHA Litigation
Expert Witness
XMOD Recovery
Risk/Gap Analysis


Safety Meeting Topics
Safety Program Manual
Site Specific Safety Plan
Safety Activity Schedule

The subject matter contained on, it's sub-domains, articles, and other content is provided to you for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional, legal, or any other form of advice. By using the information published by OSHIFY Corporation, you assume all risk pertaining to the result of using the provided information. While OSHIFY Corporation makes every effort to provide complete and accurate information on safety and health matters, it makes no guarantees or assurances that the information, products, or datum on is 100% compliant with applicable federal and state regulatory laws, standards, or regulations. It is the users' responsibility to ensure that the entities they represent or are employed by meet all applicable federal and state regulatory laws, standards, and regulations. OSHIFY Corporation's products, services, information, and other subject matter is subject to copyright and may require special licensing to use in certain ways other than directly to the buyer. Contact us with any questions regarding lawful use of OSHIFY products.

Safety and Health Articles

Safety Documents and Templates

Safety and Health Videos

Safety and Health Audio

Safety and Health Data

Recent OSHA News

Copyright 2021 | OSHIFY Corporation | All Rights Reserved. This site is not a part of the Facebook website or Facebook Inc. Additionally, This site is NOT endorsed by Facebook in any way. FACEBOOK is a trademark of FACEBOOK, Inc.