Stainless steel gas lines

Deliver laboratory gas safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.

CONTACT US for a site inspection and quote for SAQCC Gas accredited stainless steel gas pipelines that supply analytical instruments in laboratories, and see below for more information and examples of our work.

LGA installs stainless steel gas lines that are SAFE, EFFICIENT, and COST EFFECTIVE.

Many laboratories and research facilities use devices, instruments and processes that require gas for calibration or to run.

Gas cylinders located in the laboratory area can present significant hazards. The space they occupy could be used more efficiently. 

Gas delivery systems that are properly designed, sized, and located can improve safety in the laboratory. It is vital for safety, performance, and cost-efficiency to pay attention to high-purity requirements such as purity, compatibility, flow, and materials of construction.

A number of codes and standards apply to the storage, usage, and installation of gases and their delivery systems.

Here, we highlight the areas of these standards and codes as they apply to  the general principles of gas storage and delivery systems.

The South African codes and standards that are most significant   for Laboratories are:

 – Occupational Health and Safety Act (No. 85 of 1993)

 – Pressure Regulations Equipment No.734 (Government       Gazette 32395 published on 15 July 2009)

Laboratories are required to understand and follow these codes and standards to comply with the minimum requirements of any gas system.

5 steps of a gas line installation


The first step in efficiently designing a gas installation is to conduct an audit of the gases required for each area. This audit is required whether it is for a new facility or a retrofit.

It is important to identify which gases are required per instrument, their purity, required delivery pressure, and the peak flow demand. These parameters are essential in determining critical details; from the size of the piping to the storage area required, and even the source in which the gas may be supplied.

Overestimating the pressure requirements can result in higher installation costs and reduced gas savings. This can result in residual contents left in cylinders or higher monthly rental fees on cylinders that are not required. However, underestimating the pressure requirements can cause an inefficient supply of gas to critical instruments or systems that impair their operation.


There are specific storage and separation requirements for the areas in which compressed or cryogenic gases are stored and/or connected to a building’s gas delivery system.

These requirements vary by local code requirements, but as a minimum, are required to meet the relevant OHS standards, SANS-10260-1 and SANS 10263-22008. As a minimum, gas cylinders should be stored and secured in an upright position using brackets, chains, or straps in a well-lit and ventilated area, away from combustible materials, sources of heat, and ignition. 

Gas cylinders should be organised according to their hazard type. Empty and full containers should be kept separately with the appropriate hazard notification signage as required.


To determine the pipe or tube size for an application, the main point to consider is what the maximum required flow – for the specific gas – would be if all application points were flowing to their maximum at the same time.

The maximum required flow can be found by adding the individual use points. Apply a conservative safety factor to allow for growth of requirements of at least 20–50%. This will depend on what the future outlook is for the specific gas.


A critical requirement for most laboratory gases is to maintain gas purity.

Therefore, the choice of materials of construction, their compatibility with the specific gas, and their purity level are critical.

Beyond the compatibility between the materials and gas, the design is also required to retain gas purity. From the inlet to the outlet, a system that is designed with either bar stock brass or 316L stainless steel components is more suitable than any forged components. Diaphragms should be composed of 316L stainless steel, with diaphragm seals of a metal-to-metal design.

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