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Tip of the week: Who’s tracking the quantity of your compressed gas?

Hospital Safety Insider, March 17, 2010

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It’s an easy problem for a surveyor to find: Excessive amounts of nonflammable compressed gas cylinders on a unit.
 
When you store these cylinders in smoke compartments, they are limited to 300 cubic ft. of cumulative volume before they must then be stored in a specially protected room.
 
The most common problem with this issue is that staff members fail to keep track of the total quantity of compressed gas in the individual smoke compartments.
 
Make sure you have someone monitoring the amount of nonflammable compressed gas in your smoke compartments, including:
  • Oxygen
  • Nitrogen
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Medical air
  • Argon
  • Helium
  • Test gas for medical equipment



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