Compressed gas cylinders can present a variety of hazards due to their pressure and /or contents. All compressed gases used at North Carolina Central University must be ordered through University Central stores. This manual covers requirements to be followed for the use of all compressed gases, whether hazardous or inert. Hazardous gases may require additional controls and work practices, including the use of gas cabinets, gas monitors, emergency shutoffs, proper equipment design, leak testing procedures, and the use of respirators. The Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Office (530-7943) can be contacted for assistance with these requirements and to provide assistance with the safe design of equipment used in connection with hazardous gases.
It is essential that employees handling compressed gases are adequately trained in the inherent hazards of the cylinders and their contents, as well as proper handling, storage, and use according to OSHA and NCCU requirements.
General handling and storage requirements apply to all use of compressed gases at NCCU. Cylinder procurement and shipping procedures described herein apply to "main campus" use of compressed gas cylinders.
Work supervisors and lab Principal Investigators are responsible for assuring that the requirements of this section are followed by all persons under their supervision who use or handle compressed gas cylinders.