This is the third edition of CSA Z314.9, Installation, ventilation, and safe use of ethylene oxide sterilizers in health care facilities. It supersedes the previous editions, published in 2001 and 1989. It is one of a series of standards dealing with the safe and effective sterilization of medical supplies and equipment.
This Standard provides information to assist health care facilities in devising work practices that will maximize employee safety when using ethylene oxide sterilizers and ancillary equipment.
This Standard specifies requirements for the following:
(a) the installation of ethylene oxide sterilization equipment;
(b) general area and local exhaust ventilation;
(c) staff training;
(d) monitoring alarm systems; and
(e) contingency planning.
This Standard does not address sterilizer efficacy, which is dealt with in CSA Z314.2.
This Standard does not cover safety issues that are specific to individual equipment models or to individual health care facilities.
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