Month: July 2014
The FDA and accreditation require you to use valve seals on your filled cylinders to protect against contamination. Fillers love OxyLok plastic valve seals because they slide easily over the post valve and lock in place. Patients love them because they have a wide, large ring that they can easily grab, so removal is simple. OxyLok Valve Seals and OxyLok Mini Valve Seals Helps keep dust and dirt out of the post valve Easy to install with easy patient removal Required by 21 CFR 211.80 to prevent contamination Click here for more information on our OxyLok and OxyLok Mini Valve Seals.
Cylinder shoulders are stamped with numbers, letters, dates, symbols What are all those markings for? Actually, they have a lot of useful information: Such as working pressure, manufacturer and more! Check out the guide below to learn how to read your cylinder shoulders.
FDA and NIOSH report that reusing single use washers, like nylon or plastic, can contribute to fires.Applied recommends using Brass and Vitonwashers when reusing washers. When used more than once, the Nylon crush gaskets require higher torque than the elastomeric sealing washers in order to seal the cylinder valve / regulator interface, and if they are used again, they require more torque with each successive use. The cylinder valve / regulator connection is designed to be hand-tightened. If the crush gaskets are re-used, the need for increased torque may require using a wrench or other hand tool, which can deform the crush gasket and damage the cylinder valve and regulator. This can result in leakage of oxygen past the cylinder valve seat and across the nylon crush gasket. According to a forensic analysis supported by FDA and NIOSH, flow friction caused by this leakage of compressed oxygen across the surface of the crush gasket may produce enough thermal energy to spontaneously ignite
It can be very hard to pin down who said what, and exactly what is required! With so many agencies out there, and so many rules and regulations, its hard to keep track of them all. However, all of the DOT (Department of Transportation) law is contained in the federal law, called the CFR (code of federal regulations), in title 49.This post will cover a portion of the US DOT law applicable to our industry. All oxygen delivery drivers must comply with the US DOT. The US DOT has jurisdiction over anyone who transports hazardous material in commerce. In our industry, medical oxygen (a hazardous material) is delivered (i.e. sold, which is commerce), so the US DOT has jurisdiction over any HME or DME that sells and delivers any amount of oxygen. (This jurisdiction is found in 49 CFR 171.1) The DOT dictates that all gases (class 2 materials) when transported be securely restrained in an upright or horizontal position, loaded in racks or packed in boxes or crates to prevent the cylinders
OSHA, FDA and DOT haveguidelines developed forprecautionary labels for use onoxygen cylinders and cryogenicvessels. These are to be used toidentify the contents, warning ofprincipal physical and healthhazards, and providing appropriateprecautionary information.It is the responsibility of the company(s)that fills, stores, delivers, handles anduses the gas to ensure that the labelcomplies with applicable governmentregulations. When a chemical is classified according to the GHS hazard criteria adopted in OSHAs hazard communication (HazCom) standard, the corresponding pictogram must appear on the label, and either the pictogram or the pictogram name must appear on the safety data sheet (SDS). The HazCom standard uses nine different pictograms. The appropriate pictogram(s) must appear on the container label as a black GHS symbol in a red diamond border.Where a transport pictogram appears, the GHS pictogram for the same hazard should not appear. The two pictograms home care companies will