Ask the expert: Choosing an OSHA-compliant disinfectant

By: September 24th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: What disinfectant does OSHA recommend for protection from bloodborne pathogens?

A: OSHA does not make specific product or brand recommendations but directs employers to consult the EPA-registered list of sterilants (List A), disinfectants that are effective against tuberculosis (List B), and disinfectants that are effective against Hepatitis B and HIV (List D).

A solution of 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) diluted 1:10 to 1:100 with water and prepared daily is acceptable for cleanup of contaminated items or surfaces, according to the OSHA Hospital eTool Housekeeping Web page.

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When working with any human products (blood, cells, salivia, etc.) employees should not only look for a disinfectant that is listed on Lists B and D but also List F (Hepatitis C).

By Pameal Dembski Hart on October 1st, 2010 at 1:25 am

Wht list F? HCV and HBV can survive on an inanimate surface at RT for about the same period of time ( a week or so). HBV is more virulent than HCV and 10 times as infectious or capable of transmitting disease percutaneously(than HCV). If the disinfectant has a HBV cidal claim then it is cidal for HCV also. Also how do you know for sure which BBP you are attempting to inactivate? Therefore and according to standard precautions base your disinfecting regimen on the fact that all human products are potentially HBV, HCV positive.


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