Published: Jan 2007
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TO ENSURE THE SAFE OPERATION OF OXYGEN systems, standard operating procedures (SOPs) should be developed. These SOPs should be prepared and reviewed by persons familiar with the work being done, as well as with oxygen safety; oxygen risks and hazards; and safety guidelines, practices, codes, and standards. SOPs for all hazardous operations should be reviewed by the designated safety authority. Occupational health personnel should be involved in the review cycle when operational procedures involve potential health hazards. SOPs should provide for the control of hazards to an acceptable risk and should be reviewed periodically for observance and improvement. The design of safe facilities and equipment should consider human capabilities and the limitations of personnel responsible for operations.