From: Eric Clark <erclark**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] what to do - gas cylinder safety
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:12:29 +0000
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Is there a protocol for vendors doing work on the campus?  Typically the area should have been cordoned off with contact information posted somewhere - especially since the work was done around a residential area like a dormitory.  There's a huge liability issue here. 


I would suggest writing up this incident and have the campus administrator in charge of having this work done respond to a few questions about how this outside vendor job was handled.  Or bring it up at the next Safety Committee meeting and get this incident on the official Meeting Minutes.    




Eric Clark, MS, CHMM, CCHO

Safety Officer, Public Health Scientist III

Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory




From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU]On Behalf Of Harry J. Elston
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 8:16 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] what to do - gas cylinder safety


"Not a recommended practice."  Likewise, I am not surprised.




On Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 5:41 PM, Leslie Coop <lcoop**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

A company doing work on campus chained thee nitrogen compressed gas cylinders to a tree in front of a dormitory. And left them there, for several days. Two were capped, but one of them had a regulator attached, with tubing going into a hole in the ground.


One day, two of this company's employees were seen removing one of the cylinders from the tree (one with a cap). They lay in cylinder on its side on the ground, rolled it with their feet to the curb, then rolled it off the curb and into the street to their truck. There, they picked it up by hand and manually lifted it into their truck.




Leslie Coop, MS, CCHO, CHMM

Chemical Hygiene Officer/ Stockroom Manager

Willamette University - 900 State Str - Salem, Oregon 97301



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