Glutaraldehyde

CAS RN: 111-30-8

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Precautions for safe handling: Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Avoid inhalation of vapor or mist.
Appropriate engineering controls: Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practice. Wash hands before breaks and at the end of workday.
Gloves must be inspected prior to use. Use proper glove removal technique (without touching glove's outer surface) to avoid skin contact with this product. Dispose of contaminated gloves after use in accordance with applicable laws and good laboratory practices. Wash and dry hands.
Fogging of poultry houses should only be done in such a way that the operator is outside the poultry house when applying the fog. A re-entry interval (REI) of 3 hours applies to all end-use product labels listing poultry house fogging as a use.
Application restrictions. Use: paint preservative. Maximum application rate of 100 ppm. Use: medical premises disinfection. Maximum application rate of 0.1% of the active ingredient by weight of material being treated. All glutaraldehyde once-through cooling tower uses, glutaraldehyde macrofoulant control uses and all critical medical equipment/instrument uses are cancelled. Critical medical equipment use is defined as use of a pesticide in or on any equipment that comes into contact with bodily fluids. Examples of critical medical equipment/instruments include, but are not limited to hemodyalysis tubing, dental instruments.
Containment of vapors and prevention of skin contact are important industrial hygiene principles to help avoid sensitization of the skin and respiratory irritation and/or asthma. Proper skin protection must be provided as well as ventilation controls.
The worker should immediately wash the skin when it becomes contaminated.
Work clothing that becomes wet or significantly contaminated should be removed and replaced.
Ventilation, local exhaust.
SRP: Wastewater from contaminant suppression, cleaning of protective clothing/equipment, or contaminated sites should be contained and evaluated for subject chemical or decomposition product concentrations. Concentrations shall be lower than applicable environmental discharge or disposal criteria. Alternatively, pretreatment and/or discharge to a permitted wastewater treatment facility is acceptable only after review by the governing authority and assurance that "pass through" violations will not occur. Due consideration shall be given to remediation worker exposure (inhalation, dermal and ingestion) as well as fate during treatment, transfer and disposal. If it is not practicable to manage the chemical in this fashion, it must be evaluated in accordance with EPA 40 CFR Part 261, specifically Subpart B, in order to determine the appropriate local, state and federal requirements for disposal.
SRP: Local exhaust ventilation should be applied wherever there is an incidence of point source emissions or dispersion of regulated contaminants in the work area. Ventilation control of the contaminant as close to its point of generation is both the most economical and safest method to minimize personnel exposure to airborne contaminants. Ensure that the local ventilation moves the contaminant away from the worker.
SRP: Contaminated protective clothing should be segregated in a manner such that there is no direct personal contact by personnel who handle, dispose, or clean the clothing. The completeness of the cleaning procedures should be considered before the decontaminated protective clothing is returned for reuse by the workers. Contaminated clothing should not be taken home at the end of shift, but should remain at employee's place of work for cleaning.
SRP: The scientific literature for the use of contact lenses by industrial workers is inconsistent. The benefits or detrimental effects of wearing contact lenses depend not only upon the substance, but also on factors including the form of the substance, characteristics and duration of the exposure, the uses of other eye protection equipment, and the hygiene of the lenses. However, there may be individual substances whose irritating or corrosive properties are such that the wearing of contact lenses would be harmful to the eye. In those specific cases, contact lenses should not be worn. In any event, the usual eye protection equipment should be worn even when contact lenses are in place.
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