Endoscopy Department

Endoscopy Department

Conforming to IHEEM annual AE(D) audit and JAG accreditation

Our workplace exposure monitoring helps endoscopy departments to achieve and maintain their annual JAG accreditation which provides important evidence that an NHS or independent UK endoscopy service is competent to deliver against the criteria set out in the JAG standards and fulfil IHEEM annual AE(D) audit part 9.6.

Monitoring allows our customers to demonstrate that the control measure they have set in place in Endoscopy Departments are working effectively as stated in regulation 10 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 Regulations (COSHH), which states that exposure must be below workplace exposure limits and monitoring is appropriate when you need to show compliance with a WEL.

Cairn Technology Limited have an in depth understanding of how Endoscopy Departments work and have the expertise to carry out monitoring with the minimum of disruption caused, to ensure that staff can continue with their works.

To support this, our monitoring consultants are members of the IntelliCentrics Sec3ure Accreditation scheme and are medical industry accredited (MIA) with the credentials required to work within a range of hospital departments.

The JAG accreditation provides important evidence that an NHS or independent UK endoscopy service is competent to deliver against the criteria set out in the JAG standards.

Endoscopy Procedure Rooms (Entonox)

As staff tend to move in an out of procedure rooms where patients are self-administering entonox, we use personal sampling to monitor overall exposure levels during a shift.

Personal sampling tubes are worn by staff throughout their shift.

These tubes are then analysed to determine the amount of Nitrous Oxide the team members have been exposed to. Measured exposure is compared to the Workplace Exposure Limit, (100 ppm for Nitrous Oxide) to ensure that exposure is compliant with the COSHH Regulations 2002 (as amended). If high exposures are measured, suggestions for reducing exposure will be made.

For more information on our personal sampling service click here  or call us on 0333 015 4345 for a quote.

Endoscope Decontamination Rooms (Peracetic and acetic acid)

Monitoring within an endoscope decontamination room is carried out to assess staff exposure to peracetic and acetic acid. This forms part 9.6 of the IHEEM annual AE(D) audit tool (updated by DTP March 2021 version 11).

How is the environment monitored to ensure the safety and comfort of staff and what is the escalation process for unsafe working conditions?

Monitoring to include:

  • Temperature,
  • Atmospheric peracetic acid measured at low, medium, and high levels from the floor,
  • Periodic environmental monitoring,
  • NB peracetic acid is heavier than air.

 Our monitoring consultant remains in the decontamination room at all times, allowing them to analyse the data and highlight any problem areas to the client whilst on site. Monitoring is carried out at low, medium and high levels. To ensure part 9.6 is fulfilled, our monitoring consultants take complimentary temperature readings.

On completion of monitoring a comprehensive report is produced outlining the results, any issues and recommendations for further action.

For more information on our COSHH air monitoring service click here or call us on 0333 015 4345 for a quote.

Our Blog

Smoking Outside Hospitals: Bans, Laws & Guidelines

In March 2022, Scotland banned smoking outside hospital buildings. Smoking…

What is PM2.5 And Why is it a Risk to Hospital Patients?

Air pollution and quality is a key concern for everyone, particularly…

University & Healthcare Estates & Innovation Birmingham 2022

University & Healthcare Estates & Innovation takes place…

What Does Sevoflurane Smell Like & How to Monitor Long-Term Exposure

Though sevoflurane has a good safety record, like all anaesthetic…

Isoflurane Side Effects & Long-Term Exposure

Isoflurane is a general inhalation aesthetic. In healthcare settings,…

25% of Hospitals in Dangerously High Levels of Air Pollution Areas

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises a maximum concentration…