Doc. 222/19Guidelines for Cleaning Externally Contaminated Medical Gas Containers

Medical gas containers can become externally contaminated due to their use in healthcare facilities and homecare settings. They can also become contaminated as a result of natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, fires, or earthquakes. It is important that these containers are cleaned in a manner that removes the contaminants, does not cause damage to the container and its accessories, and does not lead to a hazardous situation during the use of the container's contents.

This publication addresses the handling and external condition of medical gas containers and the removal of contaminants from these containers. The internal condition or product quality of the container is not addressed in this publication.

This publication gives guidance on the removal of external contamination from medical gas containers so that the process does not damage the container or its accessories and protects personnel handling medical gas containers and is intended for all personnel who could be involved in cleaning of medical gas containers.

The publication is part of the programme to develop Globally Harmonised publications amongst Regional Gas Associations.