Periodic Monitoring of Waste Gases
Safeguarding Health and Compliance
Our Periodic Monitoring of Waste Gases service is designed to provide accurate measurements of waste anesthetic gases, ensuring that exposure levels are within established safety standards. Your well-being and compliance are our top priorities.
Organic Vapor Monitoring Badge
Our monitoring solution incorporates the use of an organic vapor monitoring badge, which simplifies the collection of organic vapors for analysis. For personal exposure assessment, the badge can be conveniently clipped near the breathing zone of veterinary professionals. When assessing room exposure, it is placed at a level consistent with breathing height.
Established Exposure Limits
OThe American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) has set an exposure limit of 50 parts per million (ppm) as an 8-hour time-weighted average for isoflurane and sevoflurane. This standard serves as a critical guideline for maintaining safe exposure levels. While OSHA does not have its own standard, it typically adopts the limits established by ACGIH, reinforcing the importance of compliance.
Flexible Usage and Timely Results
The maximum recommended exposure period for the vapor monitor is 8 hours, aligning with standard work shifts. However, the badge can be used for shorter durations, such as during a single surgical procedure or successive patient treatments where these anesthetics are employed. After monitoring, the badge is sent to an independent laboratory for analysis, and results are typically available within 48 hours, ensuring prompt feedback.
Additional Respiratory Protection
If you have concerns about personnel who may be potentially exposed to waste anesthetic gases, we recommend visiting the 3M website and exploring the 3M Organic Vapor Respirators 5000 Series. These respiratory protection solutions can offer an added layer of safety for individuals working with anesthetic gases.