From: "Ringen, Sonja G." <sonja.ringen**At_Symbol_Here**NIST.GOV>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Gas cylinders storage in hallways
Date: December 13, 2012 12:31:58 PM EST
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Other than best practices, I am having a difficult time finding a specific reference in any standard or regulation that would specifically prohibit storage of nitrogen and/or carbon dioxide compressed gas cylinders in hallways.  We’ve looked at fire code, building code, OSHA regulations, ANSI, and Compressed Gas Association standards.  Many universities have their own rules prohibiting it (best practice), and I’m wondering if it is related to security of the cylinders (to prohibit tampering with the cylinder).


Other than fire code prohibiting obstructions for egress, I am having trouble finding a compelling regulatory requirement that would satisfy our researchers.   The cylinders currently in the halls are securely fastened to the wall and they have signage.


Any suggestions?




Sonja Ringen

Safety Specialist

Boulder Safety, Health and Environment

National Institute of Standards and Technology

325 Broadway, MC 153.02

Boulder, CO  80305


Work:  303-497-7389

Mobile:  303-961-9251



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