AIHce Indianapolis



RT 226
Under Pressure! Compressed Gases and Cryogens: A Comprehensive EOHS Prospective

Wednesday | 10:00 a.m.–Noon |


Arranger and Moderator: P. Zoubek, Zoubek Consulting, LLC, San Diego, CA. Monitors: D. Napier, DNA Industrial Hygiene, Manahattan Beach, CA; T. Case, COSHC, Royersford, PA.

Compressed gases and cryogens are among the most common types of hazardous materials encountered in the workplace, yet their risks to worker health and safety are often overlooked and/or underestimated.  In addition to the regulatory requirements in OSHA Subpart H, many consensus standards exist outside traditional worker safety standards to guide in ensuring workplace health and safety while working with and around these hazardous materials.  These include NFPA 55 (Standard for Compressed Gases), NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code), and the Uniform Fire Code (UFC).  This roundtable will examine the challenges and solutions to worker health and safety posed by compressed gases and cryogens.  Real-world examples will be applied to both regulatory and consensus standard requirements, encompassing the safety and industrial hygiene challenges that may be encountered by the EOHS professional.

  • NFPA 55 Overview and Common Compressed Gas Considerations. S. Fess, Xerox Corporation, Webster, NY.
  • The Cold Hard Truth About Working with Cryogens. K. Krause, Praxair, Inver Grove Heights, MN.
  • Understanding Uniform Fire Code Requirements for Compressed Gases and Cryogens. J. Silvers, Occupational Services, Inc., San Diego, CA.
  • Proper Selection, Use, and Issues with Specialty Calibration Gas Standards. D. Maser, Enviroair Consultant, Inc., Chesterfield, MI.