Customers should return cylinders by November 1, 2013, to avoid high costs of cylinder disposal MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Sept. 19, 2013 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today a November 1, 2013, deadline for receiving returned cylinders of Oxyfume® 2000 ethylene oxide sterilant blends.
Honeywell announced in August 2012 that it plans to end production of its hospital and laboratory equipment sterilants at the end of 2013. The phaseout is in response to U.S. Clean Air Act regulations, which ban the sale and use of most HCFC-based products like Oxyfume in the U.S. as of Dec. 31, 2014.
“Time is running out for hospitals, laboratories and their distributors to return Oxyfume 2000 cylinders to Honeywell,” said Jeff Czarnecki, global business director for Honeywell’s Healthcare and Packaging business. “Even if customers have already stopped using Oxyfume 2000, they should confirm all cylinders have been returned.”
Current and former customers are encouraged to check for unused Oxyfume 2000 cylinders in their facilities and visit www.honeywell-sterilants.com for return information. Cylinders of Oxyfume 12, a CFC-based product phased out in 1995, and Oxyfume 2002, an HCFC-based product phased out in 2009, cannot be received by Honeywell. Current and former customers should contact Honeywell for information on how to handle these cylinders.
Honeywell noted that it can cost more than $1,000 per cylinder to dispose of unused cylinders that are deemed hazardous waste.
For more than 40 years, Oxyfume ethylene oxide sterilant blends have been widely used by hospitals, laboratories and medical device manufacturers. It is estimated that more than 70 percent of hospitals in the United States have used Oxyfume in their sterilization facilities.
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