Environmental Health and Safety

Effective Date: 11/03/00

Policy Statement 4: Compressed Gases - Transportation


The handling and transportation of compressed gases on campus will be in accordance with Department of Transportation regulations and recommendations published by the Compressed Gas Association which have been incorporated by reference in the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Transporting and Handling

The following rules summarize a few of the basic transportation and handling guidelines:

  1. Gas cylinders must have the valve protection cover in place while being transported (inter- and intra-building transport).

  2. Motor vehicles used to haul compressed gas cylinders shall be equipped with racks or other means of securing the cylinders.

  3. Cylinders (or dewars) containing liquified hydrogen or toxic gases shall be transported in vehicles that have open bodies.

  4. Flammable gases and oxidizers are not to be transported together nor are they to be transported with poisons or corrosives. Do not transport Red label, Yellow label, White label, Green label, or Poison label materials on the same load. Poison label materials are not to be transported with food or other items intended for human consumption.

  5. Vehicles must have the hand brake set and precautions taken to prevent movement of the vehicle during loading and unloading of compressed gas cylinders.

  6. Smoking is prohibited during loading, unloading, and hand transportation of flammable gases.

  7. Dollies or specially designed hand trucks (equipped with safety straps or chains) shall be used for transfer of compressed gas cylinders from loading area to shop or laboratory or other within-building transfers.

  8. Compressed gas cylinders must be securely supported at all times. Cylinders must not be left "free-standing" at any time, e. g., cylinders unloaded from truck to loading dock must be secured until placed on a hand truck for delivery within the building.

  9. Empty cylinders may contain appreciable residual gas and are likely to cause injury if knocked over. Therefore, empty cylinders shall be handled and transported in the same manner as charged (full) cylinders.