Monitoring Ethylene Oxide

What You Should Know

Ethylene Oxide (EtO or EO) is colorless and odorless, as well as, flammable and explosive.  It is highly toxic, penetrating gas and most often used as an intermediate in the production of other chemical gases and as a sterilizing gas for medical devices and instruments.  Monitoring the breathing environment near EtO sterilization equipment is essential because ethylene oxide poses a number of serious health risks.

Applications:

  • Medical device manufacturing
  • Low temperature steriliztion process for medical instruments
  • Low temperature sterilization process for medical packs
Keep your employees safe by monitoring ethylene oxide.

Hazards & Risks to Ethylene Oxide Vapor Exposure

The health risks of Ethylene Oxide, and the need to monitor ETO gas vapor, are well established.  Ethylene Oxide gas is a known human carcinogen.  It presents significant challenges to those who work with Ethylene Oxide sterilization processes in hospital and commercial applications. 

Ethylene Oxide is difficult to monitor due to cross-interference from common chemicals, such as, alcohol and carbon monoxide vapors.  This often leads to inaccurate readings and false alarms.

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  • Eye irritation : eye damage after prolonged exposure

  • Nose and throat irritation

  • Skin irritation dermatitis

  • Respiratory distress

  • Known human carcinogen

  • Affects both the female and male reproductive systems

  • Birth defects

  • Increased risk of miscarriage

Regulations/ Guidelines

Exposure limits and guidelines when using ethylene oxide have been set by a number of national agencies including the following:

OSHA: Occupational and Safety Health Administration
OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) :  1.0 ppm (8 Hr TWA) 

NIOSH: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
NIOSH Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) :  800 ppm

JC: Joint Commission
Joint Commission Standard EC.02.02.01

ACGIH : American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienist
ACGIH Threshold Limit Values TLV
:  1.0 ppm  (8 Hr TWA)
 
OSHA Hazard Communications 29 CFR 1910.1200

AAMI
: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrument
AAMI ST:41:1999 and ST:58:2013

UK HSE
: United Kingdom Health & Safety Executive
UK HSE Long-Term
: 5 ppm  

Mexico:
1 ppm (8 Hr TWA)


    Monitoring solutions for Ethylene Oxide.

    ChemDAQ’s Ethylene Oxide monitor provides real-time readings of vapor levels in the air for safety assurance.