Oxygen Equipment Safety Practices

Oxygen Equipment Safety Practices

  1. It is essential that resuscitators and similar emergency equipment be given perpetual care so as to be in working order for instant use.
  2. Arrangements should be made for periodic scheduling of inspections and preventive maintenance (involving the servicing and replacement of all critical components) by a competent technician or manufacturer’s representative—particularly with parts subject to oxygen-aging. Certain newer composition materials (neoprene, Teflon base) have demonstrated oxygen and aging stability on long service.
  3. Frequent practice drills should be scheduled with established procedure for testing the operability and performance of such important equipment.
  4. Equipment kept at poolside during swimming seasons should be stored in a dry corrosion-free location (away from chlorination and chemical-treating areas and low-level locations subject to dampness).
  5. On storing resuscitation equipment during post-season the oxygen cylinder should be disconnected from the resuscitator to prevent inadvertent leakage of oxygen into the resuscitator unit.

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