According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), over 50% of all medical devices used in the United States are sterilized with EtO, equaling around 20 billion items per year. Pallets filled with thousands of medical devices are mass sterilized using EtO gas to permeate the instruments and kill any harmful bacteria. The sterilized medical devices are then loaded onto a truck or shipped to their final destination. Because of the high concentrations used throughout the sterilization operation, EtO poses a significant risk to workers both at the sterilization facility and throughout the distribution process, as EtO may continue to off-gas from the medical devices for weeks following sterilization.
ChemDAQ has been a leader in EtO monitoring solutions in the U.S. for more than 20 years. We offer patented EtO detection technology that provides unmatched accuracy and specificity at occupational safety levels. Our suite of products offers an array of solutions to keep workers safe-from sterilization to distribution facilities around the world.
EtO detection sensors are notorious for being sensitive to other gasses. ChemDAQ’s Steri-Trac Sensor features patented filter technology that prevents cross interference from other factors, such as alcohols and carbon monoxide, to ensure accurate readings of EtO vapor. It can also be used in intrinsically safe applications and is available for Oxygen (O₂) and Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) applications.Learn More
ChemDAQ’s Steri-Trac 2 area monitor continuously and simultaneously measures EtO vapor levels in the air. This fixed monitoring system can be installed at multiple points throughout the facility to keep workers safe around-the-clock and alert you if and when hazardous vapor levels occur.Learn More
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Medical devices that are sterilized with
and then shipped to their final destination may continue to off-gas for days. During transport,
accumulates in trucks and continues to off-gas once held in storage facilities, accumulating emissions that can often exceed OSHA's permissible exposure limit.