We all breathe oxygen. Without it life as we know it would not be possible. But oxygen, especially when pressurized, can be extremely dangerous. It is highly reactive and can form chemical bonds with almost all other elements. Pressurized oxygen is used in chemical plants and iron ore smelting, but also in hospitals and for scuba diving. To ensure user safety all equipment and components that come into contact with pressurized oxygen therefore need to be thoroughly tested. This is the task of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany, working group Safe Handling of Oxygen.

Request white paper