Exposure Glutaraldehyde at work Attorney | Workplace injury lawsuits

Exposure Glutaraldehyde at work Attorney | Workplace injury lawsuits

Glutaraldehyde is a powerful chemical used in many industries as a disinfectant and sterilization agent against viruses, bacteria, and other dangerous substances. Industries which use Glutaraldehyde include, x-ray technicians, research laboratories, hospital staff, dialysis departments, endoscopy units, and intensive care units, and pathology laboratories.  Companies which manufacture Glutaraldehyde include Cidex®, Sonacide®, Sporicidin®, Hospex®, Omnicide®, Metricide®, and Wavicide®.

Short term and long term physical ailments caused by exposure to Glutaraldehyde include

  • Sudden Acute Asthma attacks
  • Severe skin allergies including – eczema and skin rashes
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Severely irritated eyes and ocular injuries
  • Respiratory ailments – wheezing, coughing, irritation of the throat and nasal cavity
  • Loss or reduction of cognition
  • Damage to the central nervous system

Filing a Lawsuit for Toxic Exposure of Glutaraldehyde in the workplace:

Under Federal and State OSHA standards healthcare workplace environment and other places of work where dangerous chemicals can come into contact with individuals must adopt strict safety and control guidelines.  If your place of work fails to adhere to OSHA standards then they can be held liable for your injuries. Compensation for your injuries is based on numerous factors. In assessing any monetary settlement the court will look at

  • Your hospitalization and medical care costs associated with the exposure
  • Any future medical and rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages and loss of income arising from your injuries
  • Pain and Suffering including metal anguish

Downtown LA Law is a California based National Law Firm protecting the rights of injured workers across the county. If you have any legal questions and would like to speak to an attorney regarding your rights call (855)395-2529

More Information:

CDC – Glutaraldehyde Occupational hazards in Hospitals

OSHA: Safety Standards for the use of Glutaraldehyde

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Two girls worked for years without ventilation with Cidex. We have both been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What is correlation? We were only 2 that handled the solution.

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I was poisoned by cidex in the 90’s and was told by the doctors I worked for that I could no longer work as a surgery nurse due to my illnesses. I was eventually diagnosed with hereditary porphyria. A well known doctor at Oregon health sciences university stated it was a workplace exposure that caused the onset of the porphyria that most likely would have never activated if not for the chemical exposure to the cidex. At the time, only registered nurses with training were to use this chemical and now I understand when cleaning with it, respirators are to be worn. I have been unable to function in society or live a normal life because of the cognitive and nervous problems as well as dealing with several mental problems due to this injury to my brain. How do these companies and businesses get away with continuing to produce and use these types of chemicals and end up ruining working peoples lives and livelihood?

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as a steriization and surgical technician. I have worked in the fast paced surgical arena were cold sterilization (cidex). was the only way to reuse surgical instruments quikly thus gaining a high volume patients and profit at the expence of fast sterilization, there was no respitory protection other than a twenty five cent surgical mask. and now i am recovering slowly from esophagus and stomach cancer(stage 4). i strongly believe my catastrophic disease originated from helping surgeons make tons of money at the expence of my health

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I worked in Respiratory Therapy and had over 20years of exposure processing respiratory and pulmonary equipment, and also exposure processing scopes, bronchoscopes and endoscopy. I also had exposure working in a small sleep lab. Thank goodness, I have seen the transition away from gluteraldehyde disinfection in these areas.
I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer, triple negative, in November 2013. I have heard that there has been a high instance of cancer among RT’s, and I would be concerned over the exposure endoscopy nurses had in the 80’s and 90’s.
I think this is something that needs to be researched. FDA was aware of a risk with this chemical, and should not have approved of this product. Alice Steijn RRT RPSGT RPFT

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I live in Kentucky and have worked as a GI Technician for over 20 years. I was overexposed to gluteraldehyde, started work at a new facility in 2000 and a few years later my glut monitors started coming back high, we were told to just repeat and also high. In the meantime myself and another tech were expericing cough skin rashes . Eventually it was found the exhaust fan was not ever cleaned and was no longer working. We were not seen by a doctor ,we were treated very poorly I continue to cough, and have skin issues.

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I worked 5 yrs in heated glut very poor ventilation now off work with asthma and adrenal lesions

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