Oxygen awareness

Control Measure Knowledge

When medical oxygen or oxygen cutting equipment is in use, the atmosphere should be monitored and the use of ventilation considered, to reduce the hazards of a flammable atmosphere or combustion. The use of tools, equipment or defibrillators in an oxygen-enriched atmosphere should be risk assessed.

If there are sources of oxygen in the hazard area, all emergency responders should be made aware of its presence and use.

Medical oxygen should be protected using appropriate packaging that is suitable for the environment it is being used in. Medical gloves should be worn when handling oxygen equipment to prevent it from being contaminated with grease or oil, thereby reducing the risk of ignition.

If an oxygen cylinder is damaged, resulting in a large or uncontrolled leak, it should be immediately managed and removed from the hazard area if possible.

Protection of the casualty against the risk of ignition should be considered; this could include ventilation of the hazard area or the use of fire-resistant blankets

Strategic Actions

Tactical Actions