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Glutaraldehyde: guidelines for safe use and handling in health care facilities.

Authors
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), Public Health Services Branch, Environmental and Occupational Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Service, Environmental & Occupational Health Surveillance Program
Source
Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), 1997 Mar; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20043733
Abstract
Glutaraldehyde-based products are effective sterilants and disinfectants that are primarily used for medical devices that cannot be steam-sterilized, particularly heat-sensitive, lensed instruments that are commonly subjected to high-level disinfection between patient uses. If done properly, glutaraldehyde-based products can be used without adverse health effects. However, dermatologic and respiratory effects on exposed personnel have been reported; therefore, adequate precautions should be taken when using glutaraldehyde-based products. This document specifically addresses: 1) design considerations for areas in which glutaraldehyde is used, 2) proper work practices to help minimize occupational exposure to glutaraldehyde, 3) personnel qualifications, training, personal protective equipment, and health considerations, and 4) air monitoring for glutaraldehyde vapor.
Keywords
Respiratory-system-disorders; Respiration; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Diseases; Bronchial-asthma; Humans; Men; Women; Public-health; Risk-factors; Employee-exposure; Employees; Employee-health; Disinfectants; Medical-equipment; Skin-exposure; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors
CAS No.
111-30-8
Publication Date
19970301
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1997
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008338; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-208160
Source Name
Glutaraldehyde: guidelines for safe use and handling in health care facilities
State
NJ
Performing Organization
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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