Securing Compressed Gas Cylinders

Summary from Compressed Gas Association, Inc. PS-6--2004 and
Safety and Health Committee Docket 04-05

Securing Compressed Gas Cylinders

At gas manufacturers' and distributors' facilities: The accepted safe methods for securing capped compressed gas cylinders in storage are the nesting of cylinders by positioning them in a tight mass using a contiguous three-point contact system with other cylinders or using a solid support structure such as a wall or railing. In seismically active areas additional safeguards may be warranted.

At user's sites: All compressed gas cylinders in service or storage shall be secured to prevent them from falling. An appropriate method for securing cylinders is by providing a substantial chain, rope, or strap that is positioned in front of or around the cylinder(s) and secured to a solid structure or rigid support.
Nested wall supported
Nested wall supported
Nested unsupported
Nested unsupported
Example 1
Example 1
Example 2
Example 2
The red arrows indicate cylinders that are out of compliance. With our cylinder racks all cylinders are individually secured so you don't have to rely on other cylinders for support.