Intrinsically Safe Hyperbaric Centres

  • R. Scandella
Conference paper


The latest accident that occurred in October 1997 in hyperbaric habitat in Milan was one of the most serious that ever happened since hyperbaric chambers have been used as medical instruments. This fact overbearingly pointed out the importance of considering the risk related to the use of hyperbaric chambers, and consequently, the need to state definite safety levels. Every device or piece of electric or electronic apparatus which is not able to release — even in the case of a breakdown or an accidental damage — a quantity of energy such as to trigger off a combustion or an explosion, is defined, in this specific environment, as “intrinsically safe”, although in the presence of extremely inflammable substances.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy National Fire Protection Association Hyperbaric Chamber Electronic Apparatus Inflammable Substance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Scandella
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  1. 1.Hyperbaric InstituteZingonia, BergamoItaly

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