I read a report that I found interesting from the European Industrial Gas Association, which I thought both prudent and relevant to share with the US market. A term that is often thrown around a lot is safety, our benchmark for safety lies in a single factor. Not exposing people directly to nitrogen. It was the primary reason for our innovation with the single person chamber, as equipment at the time was lacking the appropriate safety standards that we as experts in industrial gas knew would eventually become a problem.

The CRYO Arctic meets the appropriate safety standards for OSHA. However, for us at CRYO Science that was not enough. As we wanted to ensure that we put the CRYO Arctic through the paces not to what we internally thought was safe, but to meet the standard of passing a HAZOP (a hazard and operability study) review with a major global industrial gas company. After months of testing we passed thanks to our team working tirelessly to raise the bar in an industry that was lacking standards. That standard has been set with the CRYO Arctic. We do not believe in cryo saunas for a number of reasons, the primary factor being that you cannot create an enclosed system with direct nitrogen injection. Which was important after speaking to multiple experts that not including the head and shoulders is not as effective a treatment as it could be. In other words, not true whole body cryotherapy.

After months of testing we passed thanks to our team working tirelessly to raise the bar in an industry that was lacking standards.

The main highlights of the report which can be read in the link below are as follows, note that these are direct quotes taken from the EIGA report:

  • 15cms/5.9 inches of the occupants face, the device produces depleted oxygen levels. There is no barrier to prevent the occupant dipping down further into the low oxygen atmosphere.
  • The systems (cryo saunas) normally operate with an extract fan to ensure that the occupant is breathing normal air. Should the fan fail, then the extract will stop and the nitrogen gas could possibly engulf the occupant’s head.

Whilst some may think the visual effects of the nitrogen plumes look cool (pun intended), in fact what you are witnessing is a displacement of oxygen levels in the room your standing in which is dangerous. So I ask, for those that are thinking about adding cryotherapy to your business, benchmark yourself against a safety standard that is real and not fictitious or a gimmick. Otherwise you are putting your business and your employees at tremendous risk when implementing a cryo sauna within your practice. Again, not to be confused with a CRYO Chamber which the article states clearly at the beginning is not the intent of the safety memo as it is not applicable. As true whole body CRYO chambers have an indirect method of cooling via heat exchangers and do not expose people to nitrogen.