Safe Use of Medical Gases
Medical gases, will be ordered on an as-needed basis from a
reputable company, which will deliver filled containers and
remove empty containers promptly. Each newly-connected
canister shall be tested for leaks at time of connection.
MSDS sheets provided by the medical gases company shall be
maintained in the MSDS file.
Area used for storage of medical gases shall be posted in
accordance with local regulations; necessary permits and
licenses shall be obtained. Medical gases shall be
administered only on the order of a provider Staff member
with appropriate privileges.
Medical gases storage shall be planned so that cylinders are
used in the order in which they are received from the
Medical Gases Safety Information
1. Oxidizing gases, such as oxygen, will be stored
separately from flammable gases or liquids in a
secure storage area that is kept free of combustible
materials and protected from extremes of heat and
2. Oil, grease or other flammable or dust retaining
materials will not be stored or used near any oxygen-
3. All potential fire hazards must be eliminated in the
presence of an oxygen-enriched atmosphere, i.e., no
smoking or open flame is permitted.
4. All free-standing cylinders, whether empty or full,
must be properly chained or supported with a
cylinder stand or cart. Cylinders are never to be
secured to portable or moveable apparatus, such as a
bed or an oxygen unit.
5. Compressed gas cylinders shall be handled, stored,
and used in a manner that will prevent damage to the
valve. Cylinders stored in an upright condition
will be secured on hand trucks or laid flat, blocked
in place. Cylinders shall have cylinder caps
securely in place when the cylinder, full or empty,
is not in service.
6. Empty cylinders are to be identified, stored
separately from full or partially full cylinders,
and never used for any purpose other than that
intended by the supplier.
7. Only personnel trained in the proper handling of
cylinders, cylinder trucks and supports, and
cylinder-valve protection caps shall be involved
with the use and transport of equipment.
8. Posting Requirements:
* NFPA 99, Section 8-6.4.2 addresses the need for warning
signs when oxygen is administered to patients. Warning signs
with 'CAUTION, OXYGEN IN USE, NO SMOKING, NO OPEN FLAMES'
are not needed in our facility as :
• Our facility prohibits smoking.
• NO SMOKING signs are prominently (strategically)
placed at all major entrances.
• Nonsmoking policies are strictly enforced.
There are no bulk storage areas for oxygen tanks in our facility.
Medical Gases ( oxygen ) General Information :
The factors necessary to produce a fire are:
A. A flammable material
B. A source of ignition, or a temperature
sufficiently high to produce spontaneous
C. A surrounding atmosphere which contains oxygen
in some form, such as air or
The removal of any of these factors makes combustion unlikely.
Approved By Governing Board