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
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
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.
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