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The associates at B&R Compliance have lifetimes of experience in the medical and industrial gases, as well as food and beverage business spanning from the production floor to executive management.

Whether you are developing a safety or GMP compliance program, need to review and assess your current capabilities, or are seeking a professional resource partner to support your existing programs B&R Compliance Associates can provide the expertise and in-depth experience you need.

Let us show you how to put a B&R expertise to work for your company.

Medical Gases and COVID-19

This alert provides some information on medical gas products and the risks they pose to COVID-19 spread.  Medical gases, due to their unique physical and chemical properties, present an extremely low hazard for the spread of COVID-19 and other similar viral agents. 

Here are some Q&A’s that may be useful in understanding gases as they relate to COVID-19.

Sanitization of Medical Gas Cylinders or Equipment

We recommend to not transport cylinders or equipment, which are suspected to be contaminated with any type of a pathogen or an other potentially infectious material (OPIM), including COVID-19.  We recommend implementing a returning cylinder inspection process, and if your personnel detect, or reasonably suspect, the presence of an OPIM, notify the facility person in charge and make a request for them to decontaminate the items prior to leaving the facility.  If a contaminated cylinder or other equipment is inadvertently returned to your facility, we recommend you quarantine the items and follow the requirements in CGA publication P-83 Guidelines for Cleaning Externally Contaminated Medical Gas Containers.

Here are some additional tips in sanitizing medical gas cylinders or equipment where you suspect there could be an issue.  These guidelines apply to cylinders and equipment either returning from a customer location or being prepared to be shipped to a customer.

Additional resource documents:

  1. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for disinfecting equipment that is potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus. (https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/tables/table1.html).  

  2. Further information on cylinder cleaning may be found in the CGA publication CGA P-83, Guidelines for Cleaning Externally Contaminated Medical Gas Containers.

  3. GAWDA Issued Safety Alerts

Corona Virus and Other Infectious Agents:  Protection Measures For Employees And Cylinders

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B&R continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will implement additional controls and provisions if and as needed to ensure the safety of the medical gases we provide.

If you need additional help in managing your medical gases during this pandemic, or have additional questions about medical or food gases please give us a call at (610) 868-7183, or by email at ron.ball@brcompliance.com .

Stay Safe!