Ethylene Oxide

ARC Specialty Products is the leading provider of repackaged 100% Ethylene Oxide (EO) in the United States for medical device sterilization and laboratory use. We also supply EO for use in laboratory, spice fumigation, chemical synthesis, and research applications. Our EO is shipped in custom-made, returnable, safe, environmentally friendly, DOT-approved containers. We also operate a sophisticated tracking system that allows us to monitor and track all of our containers.

As a sterilant, EO is exceptionally effective and is one of the leading methods used by the medical device sterilization industry. EO uniquely penetrates packaging materials, destroying pathogens and assuring sterility of both the product and package at a competative cost. Since it is able to destroy microorganisms at low temperatures, EO is used on sensitive devices such as pacemakers, fiber optics, heart-lung and kidney dialysis machines. Due to its versatility, EO is the most widely used sterilant method for healthcare products.

EO is also used to sterilize laboratory materials, pharmaceuticals, aseptic packaging and to reduce microbial load on cosmetics, artifacts, archival material and library objects.

As a fumigant, EO is highly effective in killing bacteria, fungi, and insects in spices or other seasoning materials.

100% EO, when used for sterilization/fumigation, can be used only in certain sterilizing chambers specifically designed for use with 100% EO, that meet FDA standards and are used in strict accordance to instructions as supplied by the manufacturer of the sterilizer.

Typical Ethylene Oxide Cylinder Sizes:
400 pound 1A1Drum
175 pound DOT Cylinder
20 pound DOT Cylinder
½ pound DOT Lecture Bottle
Custom Sizes available

Ethylene Oxide is a colorless, heavier-than-air gas at room temperatures. It has a sweet, ether-like odor and is extremely flammable and toxic if inhaled. Inhaling concentrated vapor can cause severe health effects, including death. Chronic exposure to small concentration levels can have long-term health effects.

Users and handlers of Ethylene Oxide must be sure to read and understand the OSHA Ethylene Oxide Standard (29CFR1910.1047). To view specific information regarding the proper and safe handling of Ethylene Oxide, please click here to review our Safety Data Sheet, EO Handling Guide and our Emergency Response Guide.