Glutaraldehyde – Health Hazards in Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

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Courtesy of Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

Glutaraldehyde is very similar to Formaldehyde in its structure and uses in the healthcare industry. Chemically, Glutaraldehyde exists at room temperature as a liquid, whereas Formaldehyde exists under those conditions as a gas, which can easily be dissolved in water.

Glutaraldehyde is very similar to formaldehyde in its structure and uses in the healthcare industry. Chemically, glutaraldehyde exists at room temperature as a liquid, whereas formaldehyde exists under those conditions as a gas, which can easily be dissolved in water.

Glutaraldehyde is often used as a substitute for formaldehyde, which is now a suspect cancer causing substance. Glutaraldehyde may be a good substitute for formaldehyde/formalin but it appears to be more irritating than formalin. Eye, throat and lung irritation has often been traced to glutaraldehyde. Asthma and asthma-like symptoms have been identified by NIOSH in their investigation of hospital occurrences of the symptoms just mentioned (“Glutaraldehyde – Occupational Hazards in Hospitals”). Contact dermatitis, hives, staining of hands (tan) and nausea are other symptoms of glutaraldehyde exposure identified by NIOSH.

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