Both Formaldehyde and Glutaraldehyde are found in the hospital environment at higher concentrations than those to which the general population is exposed.
Their possible adverse health effects are therefore very important to those working in certain parts of hospitals and to patients whose health status may be compromised. Both compounds are irritants and can cause sensitisation.
Glutaraldehyde is a colourless liquid with a pungent odour mostly used to sterilize medical and dental equipment or as an embalming fluid.
Formaldehyde is a colourless gas with a characteristic pungent odour. It's widely used in many industries and causes severe health issues if used inappropriately.