OSHA Glutaraldehyde Safety Training
29CFR 1910.1000 , 29CFR 1910.32/34, 29CFR 1910.141
Glutaraldehyde is a colorless, oily liquid with a pungent odor. Healthcare workers use it mainly 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
- 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.
Glutaraldehyde Safety - Curriculum
A short overview of glutaraldehyde in the workplace.
The most common health effects caused by glutaraldehyde exposure.
Discover both the acute and chronic health implications of mercury exposure.
Learn about how different practices can help to stop or manage mercury hazards, and which types of controls are the most effective.
Learn about the importance of local exhaust ventilation in managing workplace glutaraldehyde exposure.
Learn about how to safely transfer glutaraldehyde.
Learn the importance of automated disinfection processes.
Learn how to safely store and transport glutaraldehyde.
Learn about the employee training requirements for workers who may be exposed to glutaraldehyde.
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Selectect and require employees to use appropriate hand protection when employees’ hands are exposed to potential skin absorption of substances such as glutaraldehyde (29 CFR 1910.138).
Use appropriate PPE covered under [29 CFR 1910.132(a)] including:
- Use gloves and aprons made of nitrile or butyl rubber (latex gloves do not provide adequate protection).
- Do not use latex surgical exam gloves for skin protection against glutaraldehyde, except in situations where only short-term, incidental contact is expected.
- Wear lab coats, aprons, or gowns made of appropriate materials such as polypropylene to provide additional protection.
- For shorter exposures, you can use gloves made of polyethylene. Do not use Neoprene and PVC gloves because they do not provide adequate protection against glutaraldehyde and may actually absorb it.
- Wear splash-proof goggles and/or full-face shields when working with glutaraldehyde to protect eyes (29 CFR 1910.133).
- Provide eye wash fountains for immediate emergency use. [29 CFR 1910.151(c)]
- All employers with glutaraldehyde solutions or other hazardous chemicals in their healthcare facility must develop and implement a written hazard communication program that meets the requirements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.