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a worker safety issue



Hi Guys,

Infection control is gaining visibility and may be important for national security.   Is anyone working on safe disinfection
Glutaraldehyde seems to be the wrong way to go.  The following information comes from the Sustainable Hospitals web site http://www.sustainablehospitals.org/HTMLSrc/IP_Glutaraldehyde.html
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 Glutaraldehyde exposure in hospitals is a recognized cause of occupational asthma in many industrialized nations (England, Australia and others) although it is not regulated in the United States. Studies demonstrate that adverse respiratory health effects may occur at levels below 0.2 ppm, the current NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit (REL).

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OSHA is currently developing a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for glutaraldehyde. Observers suggest that a 0.05 ppm ceiling limit may result due to evidence that respiratory sensitization can still occur at the NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit of 0.2 ppm. Other countries have lowered or are in the process of lowering their "ceiling" limits to 0.1 ppm or 0.05 ppm.. In the U.S., the American Congress of Government Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) recently lowered their Threshhold Limit Value (TLV - 15 min STEL) to 0.05 ppm18.
 

Janet Clark
Toxics Use Reduction Institute,  University of Massachusetts
One University Ave,     Lowell, MA 0`854-2866
Tel 978-934-3346,                                      Fax 978-934-3050
http://www.turi.org

Adjusted for production, TURA filers have decreased their toxic chemical use by 45% and
are generating 69% less byproducts. During this same eleven years,  core TURA filers reported
an overall 45% increase in production!