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Contractor Safety Guide

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Gas Cylinders

Secure compressed gas cylinders (rope, chain, etc.) in an upright position at all times, except when they are actually being hoisted or moved. Keep valve protection caps in place when moving or transporting cylinders, or when they are being stored and not in use. Keep cylinders at a safe distance or shield them from welding or cutting operations. Do not put them in a location where they can contact an electrical circuit. If a leak develops in a cylinder, immediately bring it to a safe location. If a leak cannot be stopped right away, contact the Office of Public Safety on (202) 319-5111.

Remove cylinders from inside buildings at the end of each workday. Remove them from CUA property when they are no longer needed.

Checkmark PROVIDE SDS's to the department of Environmental Health & Safety before beginning work and preferably as part of the bid package, if other than common gases (e.g., oxygen, acetylene, argon, nitrogen) are to be used during a job. Label cylinders to identify their contents.

REFERENCES

12H DCMR Fire Code (2012 IFC/w 2013 Supplement) 105.6.8; 2012 IFC Chap. 53 Compressed Gases; 29 CFR 1910.101-105.