Partial Cylinders

Storage of Partial Medical Gas and Oxygen Tank Cylinders for NFPA Compliance

Improper storage of medical gas cylinders and partial oxygen tanks 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.

Segregate cylinders: The Joint Commission requires organizations to segregate full, partial and empty cylinders 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 must be physically separated from full (unopened) cylinders.

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