(7) Never use oxygen fittings, valves, regulators, or gauges for any other
service except oxygen.
Never mix gases of any type in a oxygen cylinder or in other type
Never use oxygen from a cylinder except through a pressure-reducing
(10) Never attempt to use regulators that are in need of repair and do not
attempt to use cylinders having valves that do not operate properly. They can be
removed. The common types of accidents due to hazards other than fire and explosion
and the measures used to prevent them are discussed below.
(11) Never attempt to repair defective oxygen equipment, unless properly
qualified by knowledge and experience.
Table 3-1 lists the fire extinguishers used for different types of fire that may occur
in the OR. The OR specialist should know the location of these extinguishers and be
thoroughly familiar with their operation.
Table 3-1. Types of fire extinguishers and their uses.
Section III. HAZARDS OTHER THAN FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
In the OR, there are many hazards in addition to those of fires and explosions,
which must be eliminated to ensure a safe area for patients and personnel. Constant
alertness and care are the only means by which they can be removed. The common
types of accidents because of hazards other than fire and explosion and the measures
used to prevent them are discussed below.