Study: Occupational Exposures to Cleaning Products Used for Common Cleaning Tasks

In a study published in the on-line edition of the journal Environmental Health, researchers examined cleaning product ingredients of concern with respect to respiratory and skin irritation and sensitization and also assessed the potential for inhalation and dermal exposures to these ingredients during common cleaning tasks. Ingredients of concern were prioritized in cleaning products commonly used in several hospitals in Massachusetts and potential for exposure in the workplace was also assessed. The results showed that cleaning products used for common cleaning tasks were mixtures of many chemicals, including respiratory and dermal irritants and sensitizers. Cleaning workers are at risk of acute and chronic inhalation exposures to volatile organic compounds (VOC) vapors and aerosols generated from product spraying and are also at risk for dermal exposures.

To view the abstract of this study, visit //www.ehjournal.net/content/8/1/11.

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