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Associations, Agencies and Terminology

The Regulatory and Recommending Associations and Agencies in the Industry

A listing of common terminology used in the industry.

Chemical Fact Sheets

A detailed description of Peracetic Acid, the health risks associated with using the gas and regulatory information.
A detailed description of Hydrogen Peroxide, the health risks associated with using the gas and regulatory information.
A detailed description of Ethylene Oxide, the health risks associated with using the gas and regulatory information.

Chemical Risks and Hazards

Hydrogen Peroxide - Material Safety Data Sheet
Chemical sterilizers should not leak toxic vapors, but sometimes they do.
What concentration of peracetic acid (PAA) vapor will cause people to start to experience irritation and to complain? This report provides a summary of the available literature to answer this question.
Sterilization is of vital importance in healthcare and while steam and heat provide reliable service for the majority of medical supplies, chemical sterilants and especially gas sterilants are the main methods used for those medical devices and supplies which are heat- and moisture-sensitive.

General Documents

It is a vital part of developing new products. At every stage of the process.
Continuous monitors are now available for over twenty compounds and growing, because of their vast improvement in safety and reliability and have almost entirely displaced badges, except for a few chemicals for which continuous monitors are yet not available. As a result, badges are almost never used in industries where a focus on safety is essential.
An overview of Peracetic Acid.
An overview of Ethylene Oxide. An overview of Ethylene Oxide. 
An overview of Hydrogen Peroxide. 
An overview of Ethylene Oxide. 
An overview of Ethylene Oxide. 
An overview of Ethylene Oxide. 

International and US Guide to Gas Detection

Serves as a gas detection guide for US Healthcare.
Serves as a gas detection guide for Canadian Healthcare.
Serves as a gas detection guide for UK Healthcare.

Picture Gallery

Photos of the Ethylene Oxide Steri-Trac operating in several different facilities. 
Photos of the Hydrogen Peroxide Steri-Trac operating in several different facilities. 
Photos of the Peracetic Acid Steri-Trac operating in several different facilities. 

Regulations and Guidelines

OSHA's cooperative programs helps encourage,  assist and recognize the efforts of partners to eliminate serious workplace hazards and achieve a high level of  employee safety and health.
A letter from Congress expressing their concerns regarding Peracetic Acid (PAA) and worker safety.
Overview of Ethylene Oxide Regulations and storage recommendations.

Studies, References and Validations

Comparison Study of Environmental Hydrogen Peroxide Levels of STERRAD® Systems and STERIS V-PRO® Low.
A large food processor in the US installed several new aseptic filling lines using Peracetic Acid (PAA). As the production lines were installed the workers experienced respiratory and eye irritation and the strong vinegar-like smell caused them to suspect the PAA vapor.

To calibrate the PAA gas monitor ChemDAQ generates peracetic acid test gas. The PAA test gas concentration is analyzed by titration weekly. 
Currently ChemDAQ Inc. is the only company that has a commercially available real-time peracetic acid (PAA) vapor monitor.
This document summarizes the findings from two reports of testing found by major automatic endoscope reprocessor manufacturer.
To calibrate the PAA gas monitor ChemDAQ generates peracetic acid test gas. The PAA test gas concentration is analyzed by titration weekly.