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(124th General Assembly)
(Amended Substitute Senate Bill Number 117)
To enact section 4729.70 of the Revised Code to
establish requirements for certain
medical gases and to require
Pharmacy to establish a medical
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:
SECTION 1. That section 4729.70 of the Revised Code be
enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 4729.70. (A) As used in this section, "cryogenic vessel"
means an insulated metal container in the form of a cylinder or
other design used to hold gases that have been liquefied by
extreme reductions in temperature.
The state board of pharmacy shall establish
implement a medical gases safety program to ensure that
vessels containing medical gases meet
section and are properly handled. The program applies only to
vessels that are portable and contain medical gases in
a volume intended for use in
administering direct treatment to one
or more individuals. The
program does not apply to cylinders or
containers of other designs that contain
medical gases that are
(C) Each cryogenic vessel subject to this section shall
(1) The vessel shall be properly labeled according to the
medical gas contained in the vessel.
(2) The vessel shall be color coded as
(a) Air - yellow;
(b) Carbon dioxide - gray;
(c) Cyclopropane - orange;
(d) Helium - brown;
(e) Nitrogen - black;
(f) Nitrous oxide - blue;
(g) Oxygen - green.
The colors specified in this division shall not be used for
medical gas other than those specified in this division.
(3) The color coding specified in division (C)(2) of this
section shall be applied to the vessel by doing
either of the
(a) Applying the appropriate color to the top six inches of
the body of the vessel;
(b) Affixing a wrap to the vessel that encircles the vessel
has the identity of the contained gas printed
continuously around the wrap, and uses the
appropriate color as
the print or background for the identity of
(4) The vessel shall not have previously contained a gas
that is not a medical gas.
(5) When the vessel is being reused for a medical gas other
than the medical gas it previously contained, new labeling and
color coding shall be applied to the vessel and all old labeling
and color coding shall be
(6) The connector between the
and the valve through
delivered shall be either of the
(a) A threaded or socket connection that is silver brazed or
welded to the valve;
(b) A permanent and integral part of the valve.
(D) No person shall remove a connector between a cryogenic
vessel subject to this section and the valve
through which the
is delivered from the vessel, replace the
connector, or attach an adapter to the vessel or
unless the person meets standards
established by the
board in rules adopted under this section.
this division is guilty of tampering with
section 2925.24 of the Revised Code.
(E) All employees who are responsible for installing or
changing the cryogenic vessels subject to this section shall be
in the proper handling of medical
gases and cryogenic
training in understanding
the labeling of the
vessels and recognizing the color coding required by this section.
(F) The board shall adopt rules to implement the medical
gases safety program established pursuant to this section. The
rules shall be adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the
The board's rules
specify standards and procedures to
be followed in
ensuring that the
individuals who modify
cryogenic vessels for purposes of bringing the vessels
compliance with this section are
board's standards for being considered qualified shall include
requirements for knowledge in proper safety
cryogenic vessels that contain medical
medical gases are delivered from