Ethylene Oxide - What You Should Know
Hydrogen peroxide gas is a strong oxidizing agent and very effective biocide yet it is environmentally friendly since it rapidly breaks down to oxygen and water leaving no harmful residues. This high reactivity means that if hydrogen peroxide vapor is inhaled there is a significant risk of harm to those people exposed.
The peracetic acid (PAA) monitor is part of the ChemDAQ Steri-Trac® continuous gas monitoring system. The Steri-Trac system is modular and can employ various types of gas monitors, remote displays that mirror the output of the monitor, a DAQ computer for data collection, time weighted average alarms, exposure reports and graphing among other features.
What concentration of peracetic acid (PAA) vapor will cause people to start to experience irritation and to complain? This report provides a summary of the available literature to answer this question.
Chemical sterilizers should not leak toxic vapors, but sometimes they do.
Sterilization is of vital importance in healthcare and while steam and heat provide reliable service for the majority of medical supplies, chemical sterilants and especially gas sterilants are the main methods used for those medical devices and supplies which are heat- and moisture-sensitive.
Peracetic acid (PAA), also known as peroxyacetic acid is widely used in healthcare, food preparation and food and beverage packaging among other industries as a disinfectant
and liquid sterilant. PAA is a strong oxidant and primary irritant and as with all chemical sterilants, there is a risk of occupational exposure.
29 CFR 1910.1200 Hazard Communication Standard requires chemical manufacturers or importers to classify the hazards of chemicals which they produce or import and employers must provide information to their employees about the hazardous chemicals to which they are exposed, by means of a hazard communication program, labels and other forms of warning, safety data sheets, and information and training.
OSHA's cooperative programs helps encourage, assist and recognize the efforts of partners to eliminate serious workplace hazards and achieve a high level of employee safety and health.
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