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…

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…