Monitoring the Interior of an EtO Cartridge Flammable Storage Cabinet

Within sterile processing departments, the predominant modality for ethylene oxide sterilization is the sealed EtO cartridge approach, as sold by 3M. In its Product Profile on the Steri-Gas™ EO cartridges, 3M puts forth these recommendations: Keep all sources of ignition such as matches, lighted cigarettes, sparks and static discharge away from the sterilizer and cartridges.…

Understanding Danger

The dictionary defines “danger” as “the state of being exposed to harm : liability to injury, pain, or loss.” Typically, gas detection is deployed in areas that contain potential danger. This danger may result from some sort of upset condition, as in a leak—representing an immediate toxic or explosive risk—or it could be more insidious,…

Hazardous Locations and Protection Methods

Background Gas detection instruments must often be used or installed in areas considered to be “hazardous locations.” Generically, all sorts of hazards might be recognized in a particular environment, but the term “hazardous locations,” as it applies to electrically-operated equipment refers to provisions established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and various other organizations.…