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Compressed Gas Safety
At the time of the incident, 29-year-old
postdoctoral fellow, Thea Ekins-Coward, was
combining hydrogen, carbon dioxide, a...
Do not attempt to open a corroded valve.
It may not reseal
Never force connections.
Never use adapters to connect regulato...
Do not use oil, grease, or solvents on the
valve, regulator, or piping of compressed
oxygen since pure oxygen will cause t...
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Safety moment compressed gases spring 2016

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NC State Safety Moment on Compressed Gas Safety

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Safety moment compressed gases spring 2016

  1. 1. Compressed Gas Safety
  2. 2. At the time of the incident, 29-year-old postdoctoral fellow, Thea Ekins-Coward, was combining hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and oxygen gases from high-pressure cylinders into a lower pressure container. The mixture was intended for use as a feedstock in cell growth. The process has been used almost daily without incident since 2008 when the project began. Although the cause of the explosion is under investigation, it has so far been attributed to “something out of the ordinary.” March 16, 2016
  3. 3. Do not attempt to open a corroded valve. It may not reseal Never force connections. Never use adapters to connect regulators. Use only those compatible with the gas.
  4. 4. Do not use oil, grease, or solvents on the valve, regulator, or piping of compressed oxygen since pure oxygen will cause these materials to burn violently. Do not drain a cylinder completely. Air can be sucked back through the valve contaminating the cylinder or creating an explosive mixture. Only use a tank with a legible label. Do not rely on the color-coding of the cylinder since it’s not standardized between vendors.

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