Gas Bottle Storage Requirements

Learn the essential gas & oxygen cylinder storage regulations with Mega Medical


Medical gases are known for saving lives. However, improper or negligent gas storage at home can be a cause for concern - even danger.

While most gases aren’t harmful or flammable, the risk lies within the extreme pressure inside the gas bottle or oxygen cylinder. If the container is tipped over and the valve is blocked or sheared off, the container could explode or become a projectile, causing injuries or even death.

Similarly, oxygen is not flammable but if high concentrations come into contact with an open flame, it can cause fire to spread and become out of control. Even though oxygen is all around us, it can be very dangerous in large, pressurised doses.

There are serious risks when it comes to improper gas storage. In order to be compliant with Australian Standards, healthcare officials must store medical gas in the following ways.
 

Gas & oxygen cylinder storage regulations
 

AS4332-2004

Gas cylinders must be constructed from non-combustible materials

AS4332-2004

Gas cylinders must be level so they do not fall over

If drainage must be completed, ensure the gas bottle is not on a slope so stability is not compromised

AS4332-2004

Space between the base of the gas cylinder store and the ground must be filled with a solid, non-combustible material

AS4332-2004

Gas cylinders stored inside a building must be separated from other rooms by at least one wall

AS4332-2004

If the gas cylinders are kept in a multi-story building, the ceiling must be non-flammable to avoid catastrophic fires (resistance level 180/180/180)

AS4332-2004

Floors, walls and ceilings of the storage area must be non-flammable

AS4332-2004

Sources of ignition must be removed from storage areas containing flammable gases

AS4332-2004

Crash barriers must be set up in areas where gas cylinders are exposed to vehicles

AS4332-2004

Gas cylinder storage room doors must open outwards so the room can be opened from the inside

AS4332-2004

Electrical equipment inside the storage room must comply with AS/NZS 3000

AS4332-2004

Electrical power points and sources must be reinforced to withstand impact from projectile cylinders

AS4332-2004

Gas cylinder stores must be chained or barred to avoid getting knocked over

AS4332-2004

Indoor storage of compressed gases must be avoided at all costs

AS4332-2004

Gas cylinder storage rooms must have the correct dangerous goods signage

AS4332-2004

All internal roads and hallways must be well illuminated in need of escape or evacuation

AS4332-2004

Gas cylinder storage rooms must have sufficient ventilation

AS4332-2004

Full and empty gas cylinders must be clearly separated

AS4332-2004

Smoking should not be permitted near or around gas cylinders or gas storage areas

AS4332-2004

Gas cylinder stores should be designed to prevent unauthorised entry

AS4332-2004

Cylinders containing nitrous oxide should be stored securely as these cylinders are prone to theft

AS4332-2004

If possible, store gas cylinders close to an emergency exit so they can be removed quickly and efficiently if need be

AS4332-2004

Gas cylinder stores should have working smoke detectors

AS4332-2004

Ensure the service number or supplier number is kept in the cylinder store in case one of the cylinders is broken

AS4332-2004

Notify your local fire department and utility providers that you are using oxygen or other medical gases in your home

 

For more information about safe and efficient medical gas storage, please contact Mega Medical Gas Supply & Equipment.