Gas Cylinders are typically managed in laboratories of Cooperative Research and Academic Research here at Lincoln University. Typically these containers have non-hazardous gases stored in them but can present a projectile hazard if not managed properly. Some of the cylinders contain gases that are considered a hazardous waste and must be managed appropriately. If cylinders contain gases that are considered a hazardous waste do not vent to atmosphere to empty for disposal.
When handling compressed gas cylinders take the following precautions:
- Make sure the cylinder is properly labeled with the contents identified.
- Move cylinders only after the regulators have been removed and the protective cap attached.
- Move cylinders using a hand truck equipped with a chain or belt for securing the cylinder. Do not move cylinders by carrying, rolling, sliding, or dragging them across the floor.
- Secure stored cylinders above the cylinder midline with chains or straps.
- When not in use remove regulator and place the cap on the cylinder.
If these containers are completely empty (contents inside of the container are close to atmospheric pressure ~15 psig) they can be recycled by returning to the generator or sent to a metal recycler. Please consult the manufacturer that provider the cylinder first for recycling before contacting the Hazardous Materials Compliance Officer. If the manufacturer will not accept the cylinder please contact Robert Clay, at 681-5497 or Clayr2@lincolnu.edu for removal or a waste determination.