Oxygen Equipment Safety Practices
- It is essential that resuscitators and similar emergency equipment be given perpetual care so as to be in working order for instant use.
- 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.
- Frequent practice drills should be scheduled with established procedure for testing the operability and performance of such important equipment.
- 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).
- 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.