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Glutaraldehyde: guidelines for safe use and handling in health care facilities.
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
Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), 1997 Mar; :1-8
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.
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Glutaraldehyde: guidelines for safe use and handling in health care facilities
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
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