Health care facilities typically house an array of gases--oxygen, helium, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, for example--that are stored in cylinders and serve a variety of medical purposes. As with other medical gas equipment, there are potential hazards associated with these cylinders. Fires and explosions can be exacerbated by its contents, and physical damage to the cylinders may lead to mechanical problems.
NFPA's new fact sheet highlights these hazards and how NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, safeguards the storage of medical gas cylinders. It lists safety precautions for handling cylinders and related NFPA resources tied to NFPA 99.
Download the new fact sheet and share with colleagues responsible for maintaining or inspecting health care facilities.