Please note that the basic safety guidance on this page is not intended as a substitute for the necessary comprehensive training that is required for portering staff, nurses and other personnel regularly involved in handling medical gases.
BOC supplies a range of the following:
Cylinder trolleys (Small, Medium and Large sizes)
Portable cylinder carry bag (Small size cylinder)
Medical gas cylinder storage
Medical gas cylinders should be kept in a purpose-built cylinder store that should allow the cylinders to be kept dry and in a clean condition. When designing the cylinder store a risk assessment should be carried out to ensure that the chosen location is as safe as is practicable and that any manual handling issues are engineered out at the planning stage.
As far as possible the medical gas cylinder store should
Allow cylinders to be stored under cover, preferably enclosed and not subjected to extremes of temperature
Be kept dry, clean and well ventilated (both top and bottom)
Have good access for delivery vehicles and reasonably level floor areas
Be large enough to allow for segregation of full and empty cylinders and permit separation of different medical gases within the store
Be totally separate from any non-medical cylinder storage areas
Be sited away from storage areas containing highly flammable liquids and other combustible materials and any sources of heat or ignition
Have warning notices posted prohibiting smoking and naked lights within the vicinity of the store
Be secure enough to prevent theft and misuse.