[Pharmwaste] Hand sanitizers
sdayton at swcp.com
Fri Oct 16 06:08:03 EDT 2009
You raise some very good questions, and additionally, there are other
I am attaching an article on triclocarbon, a common ingredient in hand
sanitizers (antibacterial soaps) used in both hospitals and in homes.
Triclocarbon is an endocrine disrupting compound and is showing up in rivers
and streams, and in sewage sludge being spread on farmlands. It is not
regulated, tested for or removed during the wastewater process. Triclocarbon
and its cousin, triclosan, have been found to destroy the reproductive
systems of fish and other aquatic life.
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
North Carolina Healthy Communities Program
PO BOX 44
Saxapahaw, NC 27340
sdayton at swcp.com
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From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us
[mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Suhr, Marcus
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2009 3:57 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Hand sanitizers
Just had Medline presentation here at the hospital about hand hygiene.
Discussed two studies (2001, and 2008) about there not being a
statistical significance of the benefit of hand sanitizers with alcohol
in them. Why then, are they pushing so hard for these sanitizers?
My concerns coming from occupational safety are;
1) the alcohol content (and corresponding flash point) in these items
make them a class IC flammable substance thereby restricting the volume
and quantities that can be hosted in any one area. (Fire Code)
2) disposal of unused quantities of alcohol sanitizer should either be
D001 RCRA waste, or D003 (foam canisters) and is probably not happening.
3) has permeation testing been done between alcohol sanitizers and latex
gloves when used in conjunction?
When I asked about non-hazardous alternatives to alcohol, medline rep
mentioned BZK as a possible, but less desirable ingredient. Does anyone
have experience with BZK or using BZK based sanitizers? What about any
other sanitizer products that are non-hazardous, or at least
Marcus Suhr, CSP
Christiana Care Health Services
Occupational Safety Department, Office L840J
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE 19718
MSuhr at christianacare.org
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