The user must determine, by suitable testing, the correct method on the CleanSpace respirator for their particular application. For advice on sterilization contact the CleanSpace Service Team.
Before sterilisation, remove used filters and insert the CleanSpace Cleaning & Storage Plug (CS3011) and clean the respirator thoroughly to remove foreign material (follow the steps in Cleaning the Respirator).
Work in a clean environment and ensure good hand hygiene. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including nitrile or vinyl gloves during the cleaning and sterilisation process. Remove the CleanSpace Cleaning & Storage Plug Set (CS3011) before sterilisation.
INFORMATION ON STERILISATION METHODS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
The mask, neck support and head harness (non-electronic parts) can undergo chemical or thermal cycling sterilisation methods. NOTE: Ethylene oxide is carcinogenic and its use for respirator equipment should be considered carefully before use.
Table 1. Sterilisation Methods and Their Compatibility
|Sterilisation Method||Problematic Parameters||Compatibility|
|Chlorine dioxide||None||There are no adverse effects on electronics or batteries.|
|Gamma ray||Radiation, nuclear waste||The radiation can damage semiconductors that are not designed for exposure.|
|Electron beam||Radiation||The radiation can damage semiconductors that are not designed for exposure.|
|Autoclave steam||High temperature, humidity||Can affect floating-gate memory cells (EEPROM); reduces the lifetime of embedded batteries (if any).|
|Ethylene oxide||Flammability, carcinogen||Vacuum can affect embedded batteries.|
|Vaporized hydrogen peroxide||Vacuum||Vacuum can affect embedded batteries.|
|Hydrogen peroxide plasma||Vacuum, plasma discharge||Vacuum can affect embedded batteries; the RF energy required to generate the plasma may not be compatible to semiconductors.|
This information should be reviewed thoroughly by your HSE and infection control managers prior to selecting the disinfecting product for your equipment and specific application. Please read IMPORTANT NOTES ON CLEANING below. Contact our technical team for assistance.
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