Q: How long does Kem Medical Products keep the analytical results in case older reports need to be retrieved?
Kem Medical Products retains all analytical reports for 30 years. The results have daily backups and are also kept off-site by remote access.
Q: After initial testing has been completed and no high results were detected when should I be expected to monitor my environment again?
You should monitor after any significant changes or repairs to the facility, procedure, or personnel. Also, due diligence should be undertaken to periodically monitor your environment. This reduces the risk of liability of personnel working in an unsafe environment.
Have the ventilation system inspected. There could be impedance in the ventilation system causing a reduction of the air flow. Due diligence is recommended to ensure that the ventilation delivers enough room air changes as needed throughout the year for a given area. It could also be indicative of careless personnel techniques.
No, real-time monitors give an instantaneous value, whereas passive monitors sample the environment over time. This gives a true representation of the workplace environment for an 8-hour day or a 15-minutes task when the concentration values could be at its highest level.
Passive sampling allows a worker to move his position and his total exposure is a summation of those from different points in space and time. The optimum strategy of a workplace exposure profile is a combination of personal task related duties and supplemented by fixed location sampling, the latter needed to identify high concentrations areas and to target those processes requiring improvements.
Q: Does the Kem Medical monitoring badge detect both the 15-minute STEL and 8-hour PEL or do I have to buy a badge for each time limit?
The Kem Medical badge is validated for a 15-minute STEL time period up to a 2×PEL time period. Therefore, one badge can detect either time period. Both the 15-minute STEL and 8-hour PEL should be conducted to fully assess occupational exposure.
Q: Are there other precautions, besides wearing monitoring badges that an employee may take while working with formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, employees should wear a full face shield, chemical splash-proof goggles and formaldehyde impervious gowns, and gloves, such as neoprene or butyl plus, when working with formalin, as per OSHA 29 CFR§1910.1048.
Yes, the efficacy of the neutralizer in conjunction with the sterilant was independently verified on both glutaraldehyde and OPA at >99.9%. The Fish Toxicity study conducted by an independent laboratory in California verifies that the neutralizer combined with the glutaraldehyde or OPA can be safely disposed into the sewer system.
A disadvantage of using OPA is that it stains proteins gray, including unprotected skin and thus must be handled with caution The protein present on the instruments reacts with OPA and may cause pitting of the instrument, as well. The Kem Medical neutralizer prevents the OPA from continuing to mar the instruments.
Surface tension is broken during disposal allowing for vapors to be released into the air. In addition to neutralizing before disposal, sinks should be thoroughly flushed with cold water after glutaraldehyde disposal and soaking vessels should be properly labeled and covered at all times to minimize exposure.
Q: Besides the use of neutralizers to ensure safety, are there any other safety measures that can be taken?
Glutaraldehyde monitoring badges are used to determine any exposures, as well as glutaraldehyde impervious gowns, full face shields, chemical splash-proof goggles, and gloves. If disposable respirators are used, then all personnel involved must follow the OSHA required respiratory program, under 29CFR 1910.134.For areas in which potentially harmful vapors are present, such as glutaraldehyde, a negative air exchange rate of at least ten (10) complete exhaust room air changes per hour is recommended by ASHRAE, NIOSH and AAMI.
Yes, the Kem Medical Neutralizing products for glutaraldehyde and OPA use glycine as the active neutralizing chemical. In 2000, California law makers passed Senate Bill - No. 2035. This allows medical facilities to treat and dispose of used glutaraldehyde and OPA without a permit, providing that: The sole active chemical of the neutralizing solution is glycine. The waste is generated by a medical facility during the disinfection of medical devices. The waste is treated at the site where it was generated.;
Eliminate toxic vapors created during disposal of waste solution. Will not stain soaking containers, sinks, etc. Prevents black staining from OPA use. Neutralization is complete within 5 minutes and solution is ready for safe disposal. Color change occurs during neutralization. Safe for use in automatic scope washers.
The concentration level of 0.2 ppm should not be exceeded. ACGIH has a recommendation of less than 0.05 ppm.
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