NFPA 560: Standard for the Storage, Handling, and Use of Ethylene Oxide for Sterilization and Fumigation
Current Edition: 2007 Next Edition: Withdrawn

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What is NFPA 560?
NFPA 560: Document Scope
1.1 Scope. This standard shall apply to the storage and handling of ethylene oxide in portable containers for its use in sterilization and fumigation. It also shall apply to flammable mixtures of ethylene oxide with other chemicals. 1.1.1 This standard shall not apply to the following: (1) Nonflammable mixtures of ethylene oxide with other chemicals (2) Ethylene oxide manufacturing facilities, and container filling, refilling, or transfilling facilities (3)*The off-site transportation of portable containers of ethylene oxide (4) Facilities using ethylene oxide as a chemical feedstock (5) Ethylene oxide in chambers 0.283 m3 (10 ft3) or less in volume, or for containers holding 200 g (7.05 oz) of ethylene oxide or less
This standard presents requirements to reduce the occurrence of fire explosions in the use of ethylene oxide sterilizing systems. Official document scope
What does NFPA 560 address?
NFPA 560 applies to the storage and handling of ethylene oxide in portable containers for its use in sterilization and fumigation and to flammable mixtures of ethylene oxide with other chemicals. Requirements cover receiving and unloading ethylene oxide containers, storage, piping systems, gas dispensing areas, operations, electrical installation, sterilizer construction, disposal and emission control, maintenance, construction, and fire protection. Table of Contents

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