USCG – DOT O2 Cylinder Regulations

Oxygen use and oxygen equipment safety on boats is vital

THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD REGULATES HIGH PRESSURE OXYGEN CYLINDERS ON BOATS

High pressure compressed oxygen cylinders are regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) when transported on boats.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) codes apply for overland high pressure tank transports. The U.S.C.G. codes includes high pressure SCUBA tanks and helium gas tanks on boats. All high pressure gas cylinders must be safely secured to the vessel. The Coast Guard classifies oxygen and air the same, non-explosive gases, both gases will not explode or burn.

ACCIDENTLY BREAKING THE CYLINDER VALVE OFF AN UNSECURED HIGH PRESSURE OXYGEN CYLINDER IS THE HAZARD

Secured on a boat means – if you’re running fast in rough choppy water and accidently run into a solid obstruction, the cylinder stays in place, secured and doesn’t break loose from a plastic ice chest lid and fly through the air. High pressure oxygen cylinders attached to the lid of a plastic ice chest is not secure by any standard – DANGER.

At home, always secure your large oxygen cylinder with a chain screwed to studs or the wall. Never leave the cylinder free-standing, chain it or lay it down on the floor or ground.

High concentrations of oxygen and oxygen enrichment (24% oxygen or greater) will cause all materials, including metal, that will burn, to burn hotter and to burn quicker.

The requirements for fire are: Oxygen, fuel and the ignition temperature, take one component away and fires cannot occur. We do not suggest securing the oxygen tank in the bilge, battery box or any place where oil, fuel or an electric arch may reach the components of the system…fire hazard. Oxygen cylinders may be mounted and secured vertically or horizontally, but they must be safely secured during transports. Never leave a high pressure oxygen cylinder unsecured or standing.

High Pressure Oxygen Cylinder Accidents are Serious Safety Issues

Imagine you have a full O2 cylinder secured to a thin plastic lid of an  Igloo Ice chest lid with 1/4″ bolts or with suction cups or just laying on your boat seat or in a boat compartment totally  unsecured. You’re running and hit a log or solid obstruction in open water. Your ice chest goes flying across your boat, your oxygen cylinder goes flying. The cylinder rips off the lid of your plastic ice chest and in a fraction of a second… the high pressure cylinder valve breaks off the cylinder.

Watch and see what really happens to a high pressure gas cylinder that is not well secured…  when the cylinder valve breaks off. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-xmaPSZ6GM

PEDIATRIC MEDICAL OXYGEN REGULATORS – CRAMER-DECKER BRAND

The Oxygen Edge™ regulator is not re-branded, relabeled, repackaged prescription medical oxygen equipment. See web pages: “Homemade Systems” and “Safety”

We do not recommend the use of Cramer-Decker or any other brand pediatric medical oxygen regulators that have been repackaged, re-branded, relabeled as fishing oxygen regulators sold over-the-counter to unwary fishermen without a physician’s written prescription for purchase.

Click-style pediatric medical oxygen regulators manufactured and sold for human use require a physician’s prescription for purchase and sale.

How to identify: All click-style pediatric medical oxygen regulators are flow adjustable. The adjustable dose is always calibrated in liters per minute and fractions of liters per minute, i.e. (1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1.0 lpm… or .03, .25, .5 lpm…. ). The lpm dose adjustment is what defines this regulator as a prescription medical device.

Medical oxygen regulators usually have a colored aluminum body or a shiny chrome plated body.

Nickel plated commercial oxygen regulators like The Oxygen Edge ™ regulator have a solid nickel plated  brass body. The solid nickel plating looks like an old tarnished 1945 Buffalo Nickel, it is not shiny like chrome-nickel alloy plating. The OE internal regulator parts are also nickel plated to resist salt water corrosion and reduce electrolysis damage. A commercial oxygen regulator, is calibrated in lbs of fish, psi, cubic ft per minute (cfm).

The Oxygen Edge ™ regulator delivers a precision dose of oxygen. Dial in total pounds of fish or bait in your livewell on the regulator… not liters per minute.

NEVER USE AIR TUBING WITH PURE OXYGEN SERVICE

FIRE SAFETY – Applies to all livewell, holding tank, bait tank oxygen systems and components fishermen use regardless of product brand. Parts and supply tubing (commercial or homemade) must be CLEANED AND CERTIFIED FOR PURE OXYGEN SERVICE before use.

Air tubing purchased at aquarium stores and hardware stores is not cleaned for pure oxygen service – OXYGEN FIRE HAZARD – because plastic air tubing is not oil free.

PURE OXYGEN EXPOSED TO PETROLEUM BASE PRODUCTS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED- EXTREME FIRE HAZARD

 WARNING AND DANGERS WITH SOME MEDICAL OXYGEN REGULATORS

FIRE DANGER WITH SOME BRANDS OF ALUMINUM BODY MEDICAL OXYGEN  REGULATORS http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/oxyreg.html

CAUTION: Be alert for deceptive salesmanship and advertisement. In order to sell medical oxygen regulators to a fisherman you may hear or see this:

“NOT FOR MEDICAL USE” – A slick word trick stamped on click-style pediatric regulator body does not make a chicken quack- it’s still a medical regulator.

“Medical oxygen regulators are defined by the type of oxygen” (medical oxygen USP or commercial welding oxygen). “Medical regulators have CGA 870 yoke connectiors and connect only to CGA 870 cylinder post valves.” “Medical regulators don’t use or connect to oxygen cylinders with CGA 540 valves.”

Sales statements and literature like this are deceptive and false because the type of oxygen dispensed by an oxygen regulator does NOT define in any way “medical, industrial or fishing regulators.”

Beware of buying and using medical oxygen regulators and using them on your boat. They are illegal, unsafe and a serious boat insurance risk and liability.

C3-SAFETY USCG DOT CYLINDERS REGULATIONS

Oxygen use and oxygen equipment safety on boats is vital.

THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD REGULATES HIGH PRESSURE OXYGEN CYLINDERS ON BOATS

High pressure compressed oxygen cylinders are regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) when transported on boats.. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) codes apply for overland high pressure tank transports. The U.S.C.G. codes includes high pressure SCUBA tanks and helium gas tanks on boats. All high pressure gas cylinders must be safely secured to the vessel. The Coast Guard classifies oxygen and air the same, non-explosive gases.   Neither  will explode or burn.

ACCIDENTLY BREAKING THE CYLINDER VALVE OFF AN UNSECURED HIGH PRESSURE OXYGEN CYLINDER IS THE HAZARD

Secured on a boat means – if you’re running fast in rough choppy water and accidently run into a solid obstruction, the cylinder stays in place, secured and doesn’t break loose from a plastic ice chest lid and fly through the air. High pressure oxygen cylinders attached to the lid of a plastic ice chest is not secure by any standard – DANGER.

At home, always secure your large oxygen cylinder with a chain screwed to studs or the wall. Never leave the cylinder free-standing, chain it or lay it down on the floor or ground.

High concentrations of oxygen and oxygen enrichment (24% oxygen or greater) will cause all materials that will burn, including metal,  to burn hotter and quicker.

The requirements for fire are: Oxygen, fuel and the ignition temperature, take one component away and fires cannot occur. We do not suggest securing the oxygen tank in the bilge, battery box or any place where oil, fuel or an electric arch may reach the components of the system…fire hazard. Oxygen cylinders may be mounted and secured vertically or horizontally, but they must be safely secured during transports. Never leave a high pressure oxygen cylinder unsecured or standing.