ISOFLURANE & SEVOFLURANE GAS MONITORING BADGE
To comply with the COSHH Regulations 2002 and to protect the health of your staff you must ensure that levels of personal exposure to anaesthetic gases and vapours in the work place are consistently below the Work Exposure Limits (WELs) that apply and are ideally as low as is "reasonably practicable". Having an appropriate annual anaesthetic monitoring program in place is also a specific requirement for RCVS Practice Standards and Training practices and is strongly advised by the HSE.
An integral part of this process, and the only certain way of knowing that the Vets and Nurses in your practice are not exposed to anaesthetic vapours, is the regular monitoring of anaesthetic gases in your workplace to assess their specific exposure levels.
Because of differences in the working practices of individuals and because anaesthetic vapours are often most concentrated in the Veterinary Surgeon's or Nurse's breathing zone, environmental monitoring (measuring background levels in operating and recovery areas) will not give an accurate measure of personal exposure, which is what the statutory WELs refer to. Theatre isn't the only area exposure to volatile gases occurs! Post-anaesthesia patients will continue to exhale anaesthetic gases into the atmosphere.
Personal monitoring is the approved method of determining personal anaesthetic exposure and has several benefits:
Measures individual staff exposure level
More accurate than environmental/background measurement
Targeted monitoring - especially useful in the case of a pregnant member of staff
The badges and tubes are lightweight, unobtrusive, and come supplied with a clip for easy attachment to theatre gowns and uniforms
It is more convenient - you decide when to monitor
Low cost at only £38.80 + vat per badge
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