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Health and Safety Directorate

Gas Safety (Compressed Gas and Gas Cylinders)

Compressed gases, cylinders and associated systems are used widely throughout QMUL including laboratories, workshops, plant rooms and infrastructure equipment, clinical spaces, catering outlets or during maintenance or construction activities. Compressed gas systems may also be used in fieldwork situations (e.g. diving) and in emergency rescue situations.

Compressed gases, cylinders and associated systems (e.g. delivery pipework) are beneficial to QMUL and are valuable tools for research, teaching and other activities, but as they involve gases under pressure, deplete oxygen in confined spaces and in some cases have hazardous properties (e.g. toxicity, flammability) they must be safely handled and managed to prevent harm and injury.

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