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Safe Practices for Handling and Operating Oxygen Equipment


Oxygen used in the medical profession can be very hazardous. Although oxygen does not burn, it does support combustion. A material which will not burn in air may burn in high pressure pure oxygen - such as the metal in oxygen regulators or cylinders. Comprehensive guidelines and training on safe practices for handling oxygen are available form several sources listed at the end of this section. Some general guidelines for minimizing the chance of fire are provided below:

Storage, Maintenance and Handling:


Additional information, guidance and training regarding oxygen and fire safety can be obtained from a number of sources.

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