AIHA Guidelines for Selection and Use of Environmental Surface Disinfectants in Healthcare

      BACKGROUND: The selection of chemical disinfectants and disinfection technologies such as ultraviolet often do not consider the occupational health risks to healthcare workers and environmental services staff. When new products or modalities are used, questions generally arise for occupational health and safety professionals on the worker exposure considerations of these products. To this end, a subcommittee of the American Industrial Hygienists Association (AIHA) came together to create a guideline that could be used by Industrial Hygienists, Occupational Health Professionals, and Safety Professionals to help understand the concepts of disinfection and potential worker safety considerations when using different chemicals or processes.
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