Oxygen cylinders in storage shall be separated from fuel-gas cylinders or combustible materials (especially oil or grease), a minimum distance of 20 feet (6.1 m) or by a noncombustible barrier at least 5 feet (1.5 m) high having a fire-resistance rating of at least one-half hour.
I have a question regarding the use of gas cylinders on instrumentation within an academic research lab. I am familiar with the regulations regarding storage of flammable and oxidizing gas cylinders, in particular the 20 foot rule, gas cabinet, or concrete barrier requirements. That being said, I seem to remember learning at a training session that cylinders "in use" were exempt from these requirements. I can not find the regulation stating this, but if I remember correctly, it was written almost specifically for research labs at academic institutions and added by the regulatory authority as an "exemption" to the standard. Can anyone point me in the right direction for this regulation?
Brandon Chance, M.S.
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