Employers who require their staff to work with glutaraldehyde have a duty of care in law (in the UK) to ensure that personal exposure does not exceed 0.05 parts per million (ppm) MEL. The Glutaraldemeter 3 is easy to use & ideal for risk assessment purposes & to check that control measures are working.
Glutaraldehyde is a colourless liquid with a pungent odour mostly used to sterilize medical and dental equipment or as an embalming fluid.
Because glutaraldehyde is a liquid at room temperature it can affect the health of users as a vapour and through physical contact with the skin. Glutaraldehyde mainly affects the first body tissue it touches causing irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, lungs or skin. These are the most common effects of overexposure:
Teary eyes, burning nose, sore throat, coughing, and headache. Direct contact with liquid glutaraldehyde severely irritates the eyes and can cause permanent eye damage.
Glutaraldehyde can remove your skin's natural protective oils. This can irritate the skin and cause dermatitis (skin rash), with dryness, redness, flaking, and cracking of the skin. Glutaraldehyde easily soaks through ordinary clothing and can severely burn the skin beneath it. Repeated skin contact can also cause an allergic skin reaction, with redness, itching, hives, and blisters.
The vapour can irritate the lungs, causing chest pain and shortness of breath.
Repeated exposure to even low levels of glutaraldehyde can cause asthma. A person who has developed asthma can react even to very small amounts of glutaraldehyde or other irritant chemicals. It is closely related to the cancer-causing formaldehyde.
In order to ensure employees and the public are not exposed to dangerous levels of Glutaraldehyde in the air, it is advised to detect and monitor levels with a suitable detection instrument.
Battery powered and fully portable – the Glutaraldemeter 3 will fit into the chest pocket of most lab coats. More accurate monitoring than sensor tubes or badges, quicker display of results with rapid sensor recovery for multi-use. No used sensor disposal issues & less wastage.
The Glutaraldemeter 3 is an easy-to-use, portable instrument that employs an electrochemical fuel-cell sensor to determine levels of glutaraldehyde vapour in air. The instrument provides a rapid direct read-out of vapour levels on an LCD display, making it a useful screening tool to complement existing routine chemical glutaraldehyde monitoring techniques. Although it uses the same sensor and sampling technology as its predecessor this latest model has several advantages over it thanks to recently improved firmware:
* Much more user friendly and easy to use
* Auto zero function to prevent sensor creep
* Peak hold function and time-to-peak analysis
* Ten reading memory
* Automated calibration procedure
Please visit www.ppm-technology.com for more information.