It is the policy of PRINCIPIA College to permit only trained and authorized employees to handle, store, use, and inspect compressed gases and equipment at any time. This policy is applicable to daily users and those who only occasionally have cause to use the equipment.
This written Compressed Gas Plan describes methods and practices for care and use of compressed gases that can be read and understood by all managers, supervisors, and employees at PRINCIPIA College This written plan is intended to be used to:
The Safety Director, or designee, is responsible for implementing and maintaining this written Compressed Gas Plan. The Safety Director, or designee, is solely responsible for all facets of the plan and have full authority to make necessary decisions to ensure the success of this plan. The Safety Director, or designee, is qualified, by appropriate training and experience that is commensurate with the complexity of the plan, to administer or oversee our compressed gas safety program and conduct the required evaluations.
This written Compressed Gas Plan is kept at the corporate office and in the written Safety & Health Program.
If, after reading this plan, you find that improvements can be made, please contact the Safety Director, or designee. We encourage all suggestions because we are committed to creating a safe workplace for all our employees, and a safe and effective compressed gas safety program is an important component of our overall safety plan. We strive for clear understanding, safe work practices, and involvement in the program from every level of the company.
Personal Protective Equipment
We have assessed the hazards associated with the compressed gases and equipment at PRINCIPIA College and have taken measures to eliminate or reduce their presence with engineering and administrative controls. Where these controls were not enough for employee protection, our company provides all necessary personal protective equipment according to both our written respirator and personal protective equipment (PPE) programs. See the respirator program for details about respirator selection, training, inspection, cleaning, maintenance, storage, work area surveillance, program evaluation, user physical fitness determination, and air quality standards. See the PPE program for details about hazard assessments, PPE selection, employee training, PPE cleaning and maintenance, and PPE-specific information.
The Safety Director, or designee, is qualified to determine that compressed gas cylinders at the company are in a safe condition to the extent that can be determined by visual inspection.
Inspections of cylinders are conducted on a frequent and periodic schedule.
Our inspections are conducted as prescribed by the following, as applicable:
Of course, if a cylinder is found to be unfit in its present condition, then the Safety Director, or designee, must determine whether it can be repaired or must be scrapped. If a cylinder is repaired, it can only go back into service if the defect is corrected as specified according to the requirements listed above.
Compressed gases are considered to be handled when employees perform any of the following activities:
We follow the safe handling procedures found in the CGA pamphlet series, including the P-1-1991 pamphlet. Our handling procedures include the following:
The following activities are involved in safely storing compressed gases:
We follow the safe storage procedures found in the CGA pamphlet series, including the P-1-1991 pamphlet. Our storage procedures for compressed gases include the following:
Safe use of compressed gases involves the following activities:
We follow the safe usage procedures found in the CGA pamphlet series, including the P-1-1991 pamphlet. Our procedures for using compressed gases include the following:
Gas-Specific Safety Procedures
PRINCIPIA College complies with the following gas-specific procedures:
General requirements for gases such as chlorine, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen, in 29 CFR 1910.101.
Acetylene requirements in 29 CFR 1910.102.
Hydrogen gas requirements in 29 CFR 1910.103.
Liquid hydrogen requirements in 29 CFR 1910.103.
Oxygen gas requirements in 29 CFR 1910.104.
Liquid oxygen requirements in 29 CFR 1910.104.
Nitrous oxide requirements in 29 CFR 1910.105.
Anhydrous ammonia compressed gas requirements in 29 CFR 1910.111
Compressed Gas Emergency Procedures
In an emergency, the Safety Director, or designee, may seek advice from the Chemical Transportation Emergency Center, known as CHEMTREC, which can be reached 24 hours a day by dialing (800) 424-9300. This service is provided by the Chemical Manufacturers Association. A similar Canadian service, CANMTEC, is available at (613) 996-6666.
Refer to our written emergency action plan for employee escape procedures and assignments during a compressed gas emergency.
The Safety Director, or designee, is responsible for training personnel who will handle, store, or use a compressed gas. Under no circumstances will an employee handle, store, or use a compressed gas until he/she has successfully completed this company's compressed gas training program. This includes all new workers who will handle, store, and use compressed gases, regardless of claimed previous experience.
General training elements include the following:
The Safety Director, or designee, is responsible for maintaining records of individuals trained and certified for handling, storage, and use of compressed gases and equipment. These records are kept at PRINCIPIA College's corporate offices.
Constant awareness of and respect for compressed gas safety procedures and compliance with all safety rules are considered conditions of employment. Safety Director, or designee, reserve the right to issue disciplinary warnings to employees, up to and including termination, for failure to follow the guidelines of this compressed gas safety program.
Although we may not be able to eliminate all problems, we try to eliminate as many as possible to improve employee protection and encourage employee safe practices. Therefore, the Safety Director, or designee, is responsible for evaluating this written plan. The evaluation will include a review of reported accidents, as well as near misses, to identify areas where additional safety measures need to be taken.
The effectiveness of the program could also be reviewed by conducting: