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Document ID (ISN)65400
CIS number 95-1755
ISSN - Serial title 0343-2432 - Dermatosen in Beruf und Umwelt
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Geier J.
Title Glutaraldehyde - Occupations connected with an allergen
Original title Glutardialdehyd - Berufsspektrum eines Allergens [in German]
Bibliographic information Jan.-Feb. 1995, Vol.43, No.1, p.30-31. 14 ref.
Abstract Glutaraldehyde is used as a substitute for formaldehyde. It is added for example to cleaning agents and skin creams as a disinfectant. In patch tests with 1% glutaraldehyde in petroleum jelly applied to 2939 patients between November 1989 and July 1993, allergic reactions were observed in 170 cases. Nurses and assistants in doctor's offices were most frequently affected. The next most affected group was charwomen. Measures are needed to protect the groups most severely affected; otherwise an increase in allergic skin diseases cannot be avoided. The measures should include compliance with the exposure limit of 0.2ppm.
Descriptors (primary) glutaraldehyde; cleaning agents; skin allergies; nursing personnel; health services; hospitals; disinfectants
Descriptors (secondary) skin tests; allergens
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Aldehydes
Health care services
Allergies