When we look at the many ways customers use oxygen in everyday applications, the uses cases are endless. From hospitals, laboratories, food production, fabrication, industrial manufacturing and even cryospas – these customers all find oxygen gas paramount in their process.
There are also several ways that industry professionals get their oxygen supply and this oxygen comes in different grades.
Industrial Grade vs. Medical Grade Oxygen
While oxygen gas is critical for us humans to breathe and live each day, you may be surprised to find that their are different types of oxygen. In fact, there are two main types of oxygen gases: medical oxygen and industrial oxygen.
While they both are integral to specific industries they also pose unique differentiators and it’s important that customers know what type of gas they are buying to ensure it fits their needs, requirements, and environment.
When you think of medical vs. industrial oxygen one should think of medical oxygen as more of a necessity to maintain good health and industrial conversely, as a necessity to maintain industrial function.
The last key difference between both gases is the way that it is regulated. While medical oxygen has strict parameters set by the FDA, industrial oxygen is not regulated as strictly which allows a greater chance for contamination. Further, making the use of industrial oxygen in a medical environment – dangerous.
Medical Grade Oxygen
When we look at medical oxygen we know that it is essential for caring for individuals and especially vital for patients in the healthcare system. Oxygen is critical for many hospital treatments like surgeries, trauma, heart failure, asthma, pregnancy, and pneumonia.
If you have a chronic disease you may need additional medical oxygen for your organs to function normally and the grade of oxygen you are receiving should be one that is fundamentally clean from any impurities.
As with any medication or treatment, medical oxygen must meet specific requirements to ensure safety and proper purity standards. In fact, medical grade oxygen is actually considered pharmaceutical and is classified as a “drug” meeting specific standards for medical use only.
Industrial Grade Oxygen
Those industries that use industrial oxygen typically include areas of combustion, oxidation, cutting, processing, and chemical plants. Chance are if you are doing any of the following you will need industrial oxygen:
Fabrication, welding, cutting, and cleaning
Steel cutting and manufacturing
Chemical process plant production
Paper-based manufacturing and bleaching
Here are some helpful hints to ensure you are gaining the “industrial grade” Oxygen:
Industrial grade oxygen is not regulated by the FDA
Industrial grade oxygen typically is full of impurities and you should ask your supplier to confirm this for your industrial setting.
Ask your supplier to verify their quality through an independent ISO-certified lab.
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