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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Cylinder question
Date: January 17, 2012 5:18:11 PM EST
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1. Examples of requirements at academic institutions as based on numerous regulations, codes, and standards.

A Google search for compressed gas cylinders in laboratories generates many academic-based requirements that cite NFPA 45.

2. The 2000 edition (most recent 2011 edition available in PDF format for $<40 at ) is available at  The more recent 2011 edition (PDF) is available for $40 at (most recent 2011 edition available in PDF format for $<40 at

3. For numerous OSHA letters of interpretation, go to and enter the key words "compressed gas cylinder laboratory."  Although there are far too many hits to read, focus on the first page, then narrow the search at your discretion.

David Haugen (retired)

From: "Brandon Chance" <brandon.chance**At_Symbol_Here**QATAR.TAMU.EDU>
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:02:33 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Cylinder question

D-CHAS Group,

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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