Cylinder Decal Changes Coming

The precautionary statements found on our cylinder decals are being updated to meet the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements. The GHS is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets.

The Compressed Gas Association will be publishing a revised C-7, Guide to the Preparation of Precautionary Labeling and Marking of Compressed Gas Containers, sometime this summer. It will contain the newly revised precautionary wording. Another change is that our oxygen decals will need to have the GHS cylinder pictogram added to the decal if your decal currently uses only the oxygen yellow-colored diamond.

After June 1, 2015, cylinders that you fill must be shipped with the updated cylinder decals. After December 1, 2015, cylinders that are filled by outside vendors will have to have the updated cylinder decals on them when shipped by your company. Of course, we will have the older decals on cylinders out at customers and will be bringing those back to our locations for many years to come.

You may make the required changes now, but I am suggesting that you wait until late this year or the first of 2015 before making most of your cylinder decal updates. This will give you time to receive and review the updated C-7 publication and for OSHA to make any last minute updates to the program. This also will give you time to make the changes and start applying the new decals to your cylinders as you rotate your stock. By starting the application process during the first part of 2015, you hopefully will have all of your on-hand cylinders with the new decals so you meet the June 1, 2015, deadline of shipping only the new decals to customers.

By now, you should have already taken care of the first deadline item in the GHS program. By December 1, 2013, employers were required to train their workers on the new label elements and the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format. The OSHA website for more details on this is: This can be accomplished with a simple safety meeting to talk about the new label elements and the SDS standardized 16-section format. Be sure to document the meeting.

If there are any questions on any of these items, please contact me for more details and help.

Gases and Welding Distributors Association
Michael Dodd Meet the Author
GAWDA’s DOT, Security, OSHA &EPA Consultant Michael Dodd is president of MLD Safety Associates in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Members can reach him at 573-718-2887 and