Ethylene Oxide Hazard Alert from Labor & Industries

May 1, 2020

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Healthy (DOSH) published an Ethylene Oxide Hazard Alert. The report states that ethylene oxide sterilization systems are for their intended and manufacturer-approved purposes and should not be used to sterilize masks, respirators or other PPE. We are not aware of any hospitals or other health care professionals using their sterilization systems for anything other than their intended purposes, but it is worth familiarizing yourself with the alert regardless.


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