Author Topic: Oxygen Cylinders and Hand Creams  (Read 53 times)

Offline lacaca

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Oxygen Cylinders and Hand Creams
« on: April 13, 2019, 08:13:45 AM »
Has anyone had any incidents that could confirm the issues raised by this extract from an Medical Devices Agency report.

"There is a serious risk of fire if substances such as dirt, oil, grease or hand creams contaminate connections between medical devices and medical gas cylinders. This applies to cylinders containing: oxygen, nitrous oxide, oxygen/nitrous oxide (Entonox), oxygen/carbon dioxide and oxygen/helium mixtures."
"The Medical Devices Agency (MDA) recently received two reports of fire occurring on the opening of oxygen cylinders. These fires caused burns and smoke inhalation injuries to staff.

One fire occurred between the cylinder valve and regulator seal; the other fire occurred in the regulator itself. Investigation has shown that the critical factor in both cases was the presence of contaminants such as oil, grease or hand cream."

Any comments would be appreciated

Offline John Webb

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Re: Oxygen Cylinders and Hand Creams
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2019, 06:33:11 PM »
Yes - well-documented for decades. When I was doing my "Engineering Workshop Theory and Practice" O-level in the 1960s we were warned then that any contaminants on oxygen connections were hazardous, and to ensure everything was clean and not to apply any lubricants, greases etc. whatsoever. Handcreams weren't mentioned, however; but I can see it could be a problem!
John Webb
Consultant on Fire Safety, Diocese of St Albans
(Views expressed are my own)