GLUTEX™ sanitizers are proprietary, formulated concentrates that contain the highly effective microbiocide glutaraldehyde. Glutaraldehyde has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), as an effective sanitizer against the Avian Influenza virus.
Glutaraldehyde-based GLUTEX products are also registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and several countries around the world for use in a broad range of sanitizing applications to control Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, fungi and a variety of viruses which are pathogenic to animals.
Frequently Asked Questions about GLUTEX and glutaraldehyde
- What is the difference between glutaraldehyde and formaldehyde?
- Can GLUTEX sanitizers be used with existing fogging or foaming equipment?
- Are GLUTEX sanitizers corrosive?
- Are GLUTEX sanitizers compatible with an alkaline soap cleaning program?
What is the difference between glutaraldehyde and formaldehyde?
The Dow Chemical Company has been the leading manufacturer ofglutaraldehyde for more than 40 years. Glutaraldeyde is fast acting and useful against a variety of microorganisms, including a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. Glutaraldeyde is not classified as a carcinogen; formaldehyde is a Group 1 carcinogenic to humans according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Can GLUTEX sanitizers be used with existing fogging or foaming equipment?
Yes. GLUTEX can be applied by spraying, foaming and fogging. For proper use of thermal foggers and misting equipment, and for safe handling guidelines when fogging, please follow the product label and SDS and application guidelines.
Are GLUTEX sanitizers corrosive?
When diluted to end use levels, the corrosivity of GLUTEX is similar to water, making it preferred to oxidizing agents like peroxymonosulfate and straight quaternary ammonium chloride formulations, which can be highly corrosive. Additionally, in direct comparison with oxidizing agents, GLUTEX sanitizers offer a broader efficacy spectrum, including improved efficacy against spores and enveloped viruses.
Are GLUTEX sanitizers compatible with an alkaline soap cleaning program?
Yes. GLUTEX sanitizers can be used as a flow-on biocidal step after cleaning and washing with any conventional neutral pH or non-acidic (alkaline or chlorinated, foaming or non-foaming) soap and cleaner product mix.
UCARSAN™ 420 Brochure (Portuguese)
Glutaraldehyde Safety & Handling Brochure
This booklet describes environmentally acceptable techniques for the safe handling, storage and disposal of glutaraldehyde-based solutions. For additional information on products, specifications and safety data sheets, contact us.
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Glutaraldehyde Safety & Handling Video
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NIOSH (the US National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health) have designed recommendations intended to provide information for identifying specific hazardous substances or work activities and simple precautions for minimizing risks to workers.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for use with Glutaraldehyde Exposures — Control Guidance Sheet 407
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Absence of Long-Term Human Health Hazards from Exposure to Glutaraldehyde
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Skin Contact: Irritancy, Sensitization and Penetration of Glutaraldehyde
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