Inhalation Anesthetic Gases and Compressed Cylinders

  • Facility Support Services
  • Occupational Safety & Risk Management
  • Research Safety & Services
  • Surgery SuiteWaste anesthetic gases (WAGs) are volatile anesthetic gases (e.g., isoflurane, nitrous oxide, desflurane, and sevoflurane) used during a medical or surgical procedure to alleviate pain and/or distress.  Exposure to WAGs may result in adverse health effects.

    Symptoms of Exposure


    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Irritability
    • Fatigue
    • Drowsiness
    • Difficulties in judgement and coordination


    • Liver & Kidney disease
    • Reproductive effects

    Safety Considerations

    If you can SMELL Isoflurane, you are being exposed!

    WARNING: There are no safe exposure limits for staff who are pregnant or suspect they are pregnant.

    If you suspect that there is a risk for exposure, contact the EH&S Industrial Hygiene Office to discuss their sampling services at 352-392-1591.

    Training and Resources