Questions and Answers

Why has Honeywell phased out its Oxyfume® ethylene oxide (ETO) sterilant products?

The entire Oxyfume® line of ETO sterilant blends was phased out in compliance with regulations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under the U.S. EPA Clean Air Act, effective December 31, 2014, HCFC-based products such as Oxyfume 2000 cannot be manufactured, sold or used in the United States.

My hospital no longer uses Oxyfume ETO sterilants. Am I affected by this phaseout?

Possibly. Many U.S. hospitals have used Oxyfume ETO sterilants over the past 25 years, and some may still have forgotten cylinders stored on loading docks and in basements, storage areas, laboratories and unused rooms.

Which products are affected by this phaseout?

All Oxyfume ETO sterilant products are affected by this phaseout:

Product End of Cylinder Returns End of Legal Use in the U.S.* Recommended Action
Oxyfume 2000 November 1, 2013 December 31, 2014 Contact a hazardous waste disposal firm to schedule disposal.
Oxyfume 2002 August 30, 2013** December 31, 2009 Contact a hazardous waste disposal firm to schedule disposal.
Oxyfume 12 December 31, 1995 December 31, 1995 Contact a hazardous waste disposal firm to schedule disposal.

*In the absence of any U.S. EPA exemptions
**Predominantly for sale outside of the U.S.

When did Honeywell end production at its Oxyfume manufacturing facility?

The plant ended production on November 1, 2013. Honeywell stopped accepting returned Oxyfume 2002 cylinders after August 30, 2013, and Oxyfume 2000 cylinders after November 1, 2013.

How do I identify Oxyfume cylinders?

Please visit the What to Look For page to learn how to identify Oxyfume cylinders.

I suspect that there are Oxyfume cylinders still left in my facility. Who do I contact for removal?

Contact a hazardous waste disposal firm for disposal information. Former U.S. customers can contact us for cylinder disposal reimbursement programs that may be available.

Does Honeywell continue to offer Oxyfume product training now that production has ended?

In accordance with OSHA regulations, Honeywell will continue to provide online product training through the end of the product’s legal use on December 31, 2014. On-site training will end by December 7, 2013.