172 Healthcare: Glutaraldehyde Safety

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Modules: 1
Hours: 0.5 (30 minutes)
Sectors: Healthcare

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Course 172 Healthcare: Glutaraldehyde Safety

Key Topics

  • Glutaraldehyde Hazards
  • Exposure Methods
  • Health Effects
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Work Practice Controls
  • Engineering Controls
  • Transportation and Storage
  • Employee Training

Target Audience

  • Employee

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Glutaraldehyde is a colorless, oily liquid with a pungent odor.
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Glutaraldehyde is a colorless, oily liquid with a pungent odor. Hospital workers use it most often in a diluted form mixed with water. This chemical is used as a cold sterilant in hospitals in a limited number of applications, rather than only as a general disinfectant.

It is used to clean and disinfect heat-sensitive equipment such as:

  • dialysis instruments
  • surgical instruments
  • suction bottles
  • bronchoscopes
  • endoscopes
  • ear, nose, and throat instruments

This course describes how healthcare workers can be exposed to glutaraldehyde, as well as providing methods and work practices to prevent or reduce exposure to this chemical.


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Module 1: Glutaraldehyde Hazards

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