Is it necessary to monitor for hydrogen peroxide in a hospital sterile processing department (SPD) area under “emergency” conditions?

There are two classic aspects of toxic gas detection— a) Monitoring normal employee exposure, to determine if regulatory levels have been exceeded in the long-term b) Monitoring to warn of hazardous levels that might occur in the short term Of course, both of these functions can be handled with the same monitoring system, as long as…

Monitoring hydrogen peroxide in sterile processing departments

For some time, ChemDAQ has been touting its capability of monitoring hydrogen peroxide, in addition to its original EtO product line. As you may be aware, Interscan also offers hydrogen peroxide monitoring instrumentation, and—unlike ChemDAQ—our line includes portable analyzers, as well. The only possible reason that one would want to monitor H2O2 in an SPD (Sterile…

An early study found hydrogen peroxide emissions in sterile processing departments

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 or simply “peroxide”) has long been the subject of regulatory agency interest. The current allowable 8-hour time weighted average of 1 ppm dates back to 1992, if not earlier. The signs and symptoms of acute exposure to hydrogen peroxide include irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, ranging from mild bronchitis…