At your practice, if you’re disinfecting heat sensitive dental equipment with glutaraldehyde, this is the case.

It can harmfully affect providers and patients with occupational asthma, contact dermatitis and allergic reactions, in addition to fixing proteins to instruments and acting as a toxic agent to aquatic organisms in the environment if not disposed of properly.

Another cold sterilant, which uses hydrogen peroxide as its active agent, Sporox, can be an alternative. Find out more about this product, which does not require special ventilation or preparation (per OSHA guidelines), at

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