Compressed Gas Cylinders

Contact: Andrew Fletcher
Phone: (510) 643-9254
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Team: Hazardous Materials Management
Associate Director: Greg Haet

Description

Compressed gas cylinders pose serious physical hazards if not stored properly. Most gases also pose chemical or other hazards since many are toxic, flammable, corrosive, strong oxidizers or displace oxygen.  For a complete description of UC Berkeley's Compressed Gas Cylinder program, download the Compressed Gas Cylinders: Proper Management and Use booklet as a PDF.

Disposing of non-empty cylinders can be complicated and expensive if the original gas vendor cannot be located or is not willing to take the cylinder back, or if the gas cylinder is not labeled. There are special requirements for storing certain toxic gases.

Gas cylinder tags can be used for managing and tracking compressed gas usage (sample). The tags are available on request from EH&S at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 642-3073.

Resources

Compressed Gas Cylinders: Proper Management and Use booklet
Toxic Gas Program
How to Buy and Return Compressed Gases
Gas Cylinder Usage Tag (sample)
Hazardous Materials Shipping Program