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Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, October 1, 2010

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A. Yes, the mini-helium tanks must follow the same regulations as the larger compressed gas cylinders and need to be properly secured. In regards to whether it’s a hazardous room, not necessarily. Once the total aggregate volume of nonflammable compressed gas exceeds 3,000 cubic ft., the room has to be one-hour fire-rated and, of course, the door would have to be fire-rated, positive latching, and self-closing. If the quantity of compressed gas exceeds 300 cubic ft. but is less than 3,000 cubic ft., the cylinders need to be stored in a designated room that has a lockable door. They also must be separated from combustibles by 20 ft., or by 5 ft. if the room is protected with automatic sprinklers.   

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