Cylinder & Tank Storage

Full Compliance for the Storage of Full, Partial & Empty Cylinders

Medical Gas and Oxygen Bottles or Tanks

Improper storage of medical gas cylinders poses a number of hazards to patients and staff. The National Fire Protection Association’s regulation NFPA 99-1999 section 4-3.5.2.2(b) mandates requirements for storing nonflammable gas cylinders. The Joint Commission requires compliance with the NFPA requirements under Environment of Care standards EC.02.06.01, EP 1 and EC.02.03.01, EP 1.

Segregation of tanks, bottles and cylinders: The Joint Commission requires organizations to segregate full, partial and empty cylinders (aka bottles or tanks)  by physically separating and clearly labeling the cylinders. Once a cylinder valve is opened, it is considered empty, even if gas remains in the cylinder. For storage purposes, any opened cylinders or oxygen tanks must be physically separated from full (unopened) cylinders.

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