This Standard sets out requirements for the safety aspects, construction, testing and certification, operation and maintenance of non-flammable medical gas pipeline systems used for patient care, therapeutic, diagnostic and for operating surgical tools. Nonflammable medical gas pipeline systems include suction pipeline systems.
The Standard is intended to apply to suction systems for day care centres and clinical situations. It does not apply to suction systems for laboratories or hospital dental units.
The supply of oxygen from pressure swing absorption and similar techniques is not covered in this Standard.
Some requirements are given for the source of supply for the pipeline system as well as those for the pipeline system itself and the terminal units and related warning systems.
The Standard also gives requirements for operating room pendants, columns and booms.
1 Patient care encompasses both medical and dental applications.
2 Users of this Standard should be aware that medical gas systems may be subject to regulatory requirements, e.g. from Therapeutic Goods Administration, OHS Regulatory Authorities or Plumbing Industry Commission. Compliance with this Standard may not fulfil all such requirements.