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Oxygen cylinders - a dangerous good

Due to the pressure inside, transporting a filled oxygen cylinder is a transport of dangerous goods in accordance with legal regulations. Conventional shipping companies are therefore not an option. Only authorized persons or transport companies are allowed to transport such dangerous goods and must comply with all relevant regulations regarding storage, labeling and transport. Therefore, the delivery of oxygen cylinders containing medical oxygen is handled as a transport of dangerous goods in accordance with ADR regulations. Empty compressed gas cylinders, on the other hand, can be transported by all shipping service providers. If they are equipped with a residual pressure valve, they only contain a small amount of gas or oxygen after emptying (approximately equal to atmospheric pressure) and no longer require special transport of dangerous goods.



Class: 2. (Code 1 O)

Description of the goods: Oxygen, compressed Oxygen, compressed

Marking 2.2 (5.1)

ADR/ RID Danger number: 25

General information for the transport of oxygen cylinders – Medical oxygen

Only transport full containers with a closed and sealed valve and suitable valve protection. Secure the container before transport to prevent it from slipping or falling over. If possible, transport in vehicles whose loading area is separate from the driver's cab. Ensure adequate ventilation. The driver must be aware of the potential hazards of the load and know what to do in the event of an accident or emergency. Observe applicable regulations.

Oxygen cylinder marking

Marking of an oxygen cylinder Medical oxygen

The labeling of oxygen cylinders is very technical and difficult for laypeople to understand. We have therefore provided you with a file on this page with a short summary of the most important key data.

Safe handling of oxygen cylinders


Handling an oxygen cylinder Medical oxygen:

Do not use oil or grease. Open valves slowly to avoid pressure surges. Prevent water from entering the gas container. Prevent backflow into the gas container. Only use equipment that is suitable for this product and the intended pressure and temperature. If in doubt, consult the gas supplier. Keep away from sources of ignition, including electrostatic discharges. Follow the operating instructions of the gas supplier.

Important NOTE:

Pipes that are connected directly to oxygen cylinders or oxygen bundles for medical oxygen should be made of metal, e.g. stainless steel corrugated hose or copper trumpet pipe. Hoses made of organic material - rubber, plastic - are at risk of fire at oxygen pressures above 30 bar.

Storage of oxygen cylinders Medical oxygen:

Oxygen cylinders Medical oxygen are pressure vessels and must be stored according to the “Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances (TRGS) 510″.

Protect compressed gas containers from heat and secure them against tipping over. Do not store in stairwells, corridors, passageways or consumption rooms.

Only use fittings approved for oxygen; all lines and fittings must be kept free of oil and grease.

Misuse of the compressed gas containers and filling by the consumer is not permitted. Only original fillings from the manufacturers may be used for medical purposes.

Volume and filling pressure are stamped on the bottle shoulder. Conversion factor: 1 bar = 105 Pa

Keep medicines out of the reach of children!

When storing, keep away from flammable gases and other combustible materials.



Personal protective measures:

Ensure effective ventilation, particularly in the floor area. Avoid atmospheres enriched with oxygen above 21%. Use closed equipment during operation and effectively remove gases at the point of release. Constantly monitor the tightness of systems, fittings and containers. Keep free of flammable materials and oil and grease. Do not smoke when handling the product. Do not inhale gas.

Personal protective equipment:

Safety shoes, oil- and grease-free antistatic, flame-retardant protective clothing, durable protective gloves, and safety goggles if necessary.

Disposal of an oxygen cylinder Medical oxygen

Only release medical oxygen into the atmosphere in a well-ventilated area. Do not release into sewers, basements, work pits or similar places where the accumulation of gas could be dangerous. Return the oxygen cylinders to the supplier for disposal.

Your oxygen cylinder is too old and a TÜV inspection is not worthwhile?

Disposing of bottles is becoming more and more of a problem. Most public waste disposal sites now refuse to accept them because they are hazardous materials. Scrap metal disposal companies also often have difficulty disposing of your bottles .

We are also happy to help you dispose of your old medical oxygen bottle. If you purchase a new bottle from us, please let us know that you have an old bottle to dispose of. We will then arrange for your oxygen bottle to be disposed of free of charge.

Even if you do not currently need a new oxygen cylinder, we will be happy to help you dispose of your old cylinder, but we will have to charge for this service.

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