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Document ID (ISN)108164
CIS number 08-661
Year 2006
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 445
Author(s) Niven K.
Health and Safety Executive
Title An evaluation of chemical disinfecting agents used in endoscopy suites in the NHS
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2006. 28p. Illus. 102 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The objective of this research project was to evaluate alternatives to glutaraldehyde for the disinfection of endoscopes. Their benefits and limitations are discussed. The work was undertaken because of the historically high number of cases of occupational asthma caused by glutaraldehyde. It concludes that there is no single most appropriate disinfectant. Many users are moving away from glutaraldehyde towards other products, some of which are also regarded as potential respiratory allergens. The report includes approaches for limiting exposures to disinfecting agents based on HSE's COSHH Essentials (see CIS 00-675), including ventilation and containment.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; disinfection of equipment; allergic asthma; endoscopy; hazard evaluation; substitution; health care personnel; disinfectants
Descriptors (secondary) chlorine; glutaraldehyde; peroxyacetic acid; o-phthalaldehyde; classification; report; aromatic aldehydes; hydrogen peroxide; limitation of exposure; United Kingdom
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Health care services
Risk evaluation