What Every Hospital Sterile Processing Manager Should Know

2019-06-25 15:00:38 In ChemDAQ Blog
With an increase of women working through pregnancy, the potential impact of workplace chemical exposures on reproduction and development is an increasing concern.

Ethylene Oxide Can Be Used Safely

2019-01-28 19:01:38 In ChemDAQ Blog
Ethylene oxide (EtO) has been used for sterilizing medical devices since the 1950s because it sets the gold standard for sterilization that other chemical sterilization methods such as using hydrogen peroxide can only aspire to

The Myths of Sterilant Gas Safety Exposed

2019-06-25 14:18:41 In ChemDAQ Blog
Sterilization is vital in healthcare and the majority of medical supplies, chemical sterilants are the main methods used for those medical devices and supplies which are heat/moisture sensitive. Click here for commonly perceived myths that the Sterilization Department should be aware of.

Just What is a Part Per Million of Sterilant Gas?

2010-06-10 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
It is difficult to understand just what a part per million really is. So to make it a little easier to comprehend, we’ve come up with a few analogies.

Is Hydrogen Peroxide less hazardous than Ethylene Oxide?

2010-08-02 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Many people are switching from Ethylene Oxide to Hydrogen Peroxide, believe the later is safer. However, both chemicals are extremely dangerous and should be monitored to promote worker safety.

Where did the OSHA PEL for H2O2 Come From?

2010-08-18 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
In 1954, three scientists performed a series of experiments at the Army Chemical Center in Maryland intended to shed more light on the toxicity of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) vapor.

Peracetic Acid Uses, Health Risks & Workplace Guidelines

2011-01-12 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
The properties of PAA that make it an efficient sterilant and environmentally friendly make it potentially dangerous to any employees exposed to it in the workplace. Unfortunately the health risks to workers from PAA exposure are not known by many employers.

Peracetic Acid Occupational Exposure Levels

2012-02-28 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
It has been difficult to determine what level of PAA exposure is safe since there is no OSHA permissible exposure limit for PAA and little other guidance. However, CGIH has recently published a notice of intended change to introduce a short term exposure limit (STEL) of 0.2 ppm for PAA.

Comparison between OSHA PELs and EH40 Occupational Exposure Limits

2012-03-14 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
It is interesting to make a comparison between the EH40 exposure values and the OSHA PELs in 29 CFR 1910.1000 and other OSHA standards for a few select compounds relevant to disinfection and sterilization in food and healthcare.

Flammable Cabinets for Ethylene Oxide Must be Vented

2012-05-15 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
The modern single use cartridges will often small amounts of EtO. Vented flammable cabinets will remove that EtO while unvented flammable cabinets will have EtO accumulate and release on workers when the door is opened.

Safe Use of Chemicals for Sterilization in Healthcare

2012-05-15 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
In the latest issue of The Association for Advances in Medical Instrumentation’s (AAMI) peer reviewed journal there is an article that reviews he various types of low temperature chemical sterilization used today.

OSHA: It’s Not As Easy Making Standards As You Might Think!

2012-05-23 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
The majority of the OSHA PELs today are unchanged since they were first adopted 40 years ago even though a considerable amount of chemical safety data has been collected since then and the ACGIH TLVs have been regularly updated.

The Correct Placement of Gas Monitors

2012-06-05 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Area gas monitors should be placed near the sources of gas so that they can inform people whether it is safe to be in the area and when it is safe to return to an area after a release of gas or vapor. The monitors should be placed at breathing height.

The Role of Calibration in Gas Detection

2021-03-05 14:55:26 In ChemDAQ Blog
Everyone who uses gas monitors is aware of the need to calibrate them, but no one knows the variety of reasons why. Calibrating the monitors ensures that the equipment is working properly, the read value is correct, and many other reasons.
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