Written by Sona Jassal , Exposure Prevention Specialist, Workplace Health

The health and safety concerns that accompany the various chemical based disinfectant wipes, used throughout health care facilities.

There are a number of wipes used for cleaning and disinfecting in health care, such as Caviwipes, PCS5000, Accel TB, etc.

What are the potential health effects of working with these products?

When used according to manufacturer’s recommendations, exposures remain within safe limits. If precautions are not taken some of the ingredients in these products may cause irritation to the skin and/or the respiratory system.

How do I control my exposure?

  • Use only one wipe at a time
  • Perform cleaning activities in a ventilated room or area
  • Use appropriate gloves to minimize exposure via skin. For more information, review the product related Health Hazard Information Sheets on FH Pulse.
Type of wipe Gloves acceptable for use
Caviwipe Nitrile
PCS5000 Nitrile or 3G Vinyl
Accel R=TB 3G Vinyl, Sensicare Ice orAloetouch Nitrile

  • Note that N95 respirators do not provide any protection against the smells from any of these wipes.

What should I do in the event of an exposure/reaction?

  • If skin is exposed, flush area thoroughly for 15 minutes.
  • If experiencing any respiratory irritation, leave the area.
  • If symptoms continue, notify your supervisor and proceed to first aid.
  • Call the Provincial Workplace Health Call Center at 1-866-922-9464 to complete an incident report.

Workplace Health Incident/Injury Profile for September 2017

In September, there were 320 incidents reported to the Call Centre, with 85 of those incidents resulting in time loss.

Top Five Incidents:

  • #1 Violence (22 per cent or 71 incidents, 11 per cent or 9 claims with days lost)
  • #2 Patient handling (19 per cent or 60 incidents, 44 per cent or 37 claims with days lost)
  • #3 Blood and body fluid exposures or needlesticks (11 per cent or 35 incidents, 0 claims with days lost)
  • #4 Material handling (11 per cent or 34 incidents, 19 per cent or 16 claims with days lost)
  • #5 Slips, trips (8 per cent or 27 incidents, 15 per cent or 13 claims with days lost)

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