Calibration of CO (Carbon Monoxide) Monitors for Medical Air Systems
If you’re a healthcare facility with a medical air compressor system, then you have a carbon monoxide or CO monitor on that system. NFPA 99 requires that the CO monitor be calibrated at least annually or more often if recommended by the manufacturer (NFPA 99 2012 ed. 220.127.116.11.7(2) or 2018 ed. 18.104.22.168.7(2)). The “gotcha” moment here is with the second part of that statement regarding the manufacturer’s recommendations. The chart below lists some of the manufacturers recommendations for CO monitors commonly used on medical air compressor systems. As you will see, every single one of them require calibration more often than the annual frequency mentioned in NFPA 99.
|Manufacturer:||Model:||Frequency of Calibration per O&M:||Cal Gas Required:|
|Amico / KWJ||A310 / A316||Every 3 months||100 PPM|
|Enmet||CO-Guard||Every 3 months||20 PPM|
|Enmet||MedAir 2200||Every 3 months||20 PPM|
|Enmet||ISA-RAL-M||Every 3 months||20 PPM|
|GFG||ABL-50 / RAM-50||Every month||20 PPM|
|GFG||ABL-4021 / RAM-4021 / 4021-DPX||Every month||20 PPM|
|GFG||4035 / 4035-22||Every month||20 PPM|
Be sure to identify what type of CO monitor each of your medical air systems has on it and take steps to ensure you have documentation showing you are calibrating the monitor(s) per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Keep in mind, if you have multiple medical air systems, you might have different monitors on those systems and they may have different calibration schedules.