OSHA announced this week their intention to review the issue of PELs.
They are asking for public comment and suggestions.
An important Standard from ANSI /AAMI has been issued regarding Chemical Sterilization and High-Level Disinfection in Health Care Facilities. All interested parties in the healthcare field should obtain a copy of ANSI/AAMI ST58:2013.
Fortunately, many of the Kem Medical products will help to achieve and maintain compliance with this standard
The following overview of the AAMI Standard summarizes the content.
It provides guidelines for the selection and use of liquid chemical sterilants, high-level disinfectants, and gaseous chemical sterilizers that have been cleared for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in hospitals and other health care facilities. Included within the scope are functional and physical design criteria for chemical sterilization and high-level disinfection processing areas; staff qualifications, education, and other personnel considerations; criteria for gaseous chemical sterilizers; safety and efficacy considerations in the use of gaseous chemical sterilizers; preparation of devices for processing by chemical sterilization or high-level disinfection; quality control methods; and quality process improvement.
Glutaraldehyde is a colorless, oily, liquid-chemical with a pungent odor.
In the health care industry, glutaraldehyde is most often used to disinfect equipment that cannot be heat sterilized such as dialysis instruments, surgical instruments, suction bottles, bronchoscopes, endoscopes, and ear, nose, and throat instruments.
The chemical is most often used in a diluted form with solutions ranging from 0.1% to 50% glutaraldehyde in water.
Workers can be exposed to glutaraldehyde through inhalation or skin contact. Health effects that may occur as a result of exposure to glutaraldehyde include but are not limited to the following :
- Throat and lung irritation
- Asthma and difficulty breathing
- Contact and/or allergic dermatitis
- Nasal irritation
- Burning eyes and conjunctivitis
Kem Medical Products has successfully passed the ISO audit for 2012. Although, there is a lot of paperwork involved it does provide the framework for an organized company to focus on customer satisfaction.
Did you know?
All organic life forms – bacteria, plants, fish, animals and humans – produce formaldehyde. Humans produce it, inhale it, exhale it and eat it in fruits and vegetables. In fact, the average person processes about 1.5 ounces of formaldehyde each day as part of normal human metabolism.
The fruits and vegetables in which formaldehyde can be found naturally are. pears, apples, and green onions.
Interestingly enough, formaldehyde is emitted as a byproduct of certain vegetables, such as brussels sprouts and cabbage when they are cooked.
Additionally, topical creams, cosmetics and personal hygiene products contain active ingredients that prevent the growth of potentially harmful bacteria. Some of these ingredients are derivatives of formaldehyde.
The good news is that fortunately, because humans metabolize formaldehyde quickly, the chemical does not accumulate in the body. Formaldehyde does not accumulate in the environment either, because it is broken down within a few hours by sunlight or by bacteria.