EMTEnvironmental Monitoring Technology
Environmental and Safety Services for Healthcare Organizations

Gas Line Certification

CURRENT REGULATORY STATUS:
NFPA
Requires annual certification and re-certification any time system is breached. (NFPA 99C)

JCAHO Follows NFPA requirements.

ANNUAL GAS LINE CERTIFICATION

INTENT OF STUDY
The intent of a Gas Line Certification study is to document, evaluate and make appropriate recommendations in order that the hospital will be in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association's guidelines on medical gas and vacuum systems as outlined in their publication ANSI/NFPA 99C: "Gas and Vacuum Systems".

EMT's Gas Line Certification Program Includes:

  • Outlet/Inlet inspection for flow, particulate, cross conection, proper seating, leaks, color code, ratio of terminals to beds, and location

  • Testing of all O2 outlets to confirm O2

  • Testing of all Medical Air outlets for O2

  • Testing of all N2O outlets

  • Inpection of all Primary and Local gages

  • Ultrasonic testing of Zone valves and inspection for leaks, labeling, location, and operation

  • Inspection and testing of area alarms for leaks, labeling, audible and visual function, and alarm set points

  • Master alarm inspection for leaks, labeling, location, function, and alarm set points

  • Testing of the oxygen reserve and reserve in use signal

  • Inspection of Medical Air intake

  • Inspection of piping for support, size, material, and identification markings

  • Evaluation of maintenance system protection program

  • Evaluation of emergency systems

  • Inspection of venting

  • Cross connect checks in all critical care areas (ICU, CCU, OR, ER, etc.)

  • Purity and Concentration testing for Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Dioxide, Nitrous Oxide, Odor, Hydrocarbons, Nitric Oxide, Ammonia, Cleaning Agents, Sulfur Dioxide, and Acetylene

  • Gas manifold inspection - leaks, valving, configuration, pressure checks, alarm function and changeover

  • Inspection of source compressors, bulk tanks, and reserve tanks

  • Inspection of pressure relief valves

  • DEW Point documentation

  • Review of previous certification records

  • Minor corrections will be done at time of inspection

  • Written recommendations and documentation including schematics where needed, exceeding the requirements of NFPA, JCAHO, OSHA, etc.

  • Records archived for 20 years
NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 99C - "Gas and Vacuum Systems" Summary (Will open a new window)
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