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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


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.


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?


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


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


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.


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


I’m a Respiatory Therapist and have been one for 48 years. I have had about a 20 year exposure to glutaraldehyde or cidex which was the brand name. We sterilized and disinfected respiratory equipment without a mask or appropriate ventilation. What did we know? We just we’re up to our elbows with this agent. When I was 41 years old I developed acute onset asthma. From there I was diagnosed with COPD. No one thought of cidex being possible causing agent. But from what I understand many respiratory therapist who performed in this capacity had developed very similar respiratory conditions. Some being very disabling and leading to other pulmonary problems. What can I do?


I was exposed to endoscopic cleaning agents for four years. I suffered cough and dizziness periodically. I now have constant asthma and cough. Am I alone? What can we do?


I have worked in an orthopaedic office for almost two years and almost 1 yr ago gradually developed symptoms of hives, burning scaly skin, itching, problems focusing, and throat irritation. I was seen by a dermatologist and immunologist and was diagnosed with contact dermatitis. Patch testing revealed allergies to some commonly used dental materials with a strong allergy to glutaraldehyde. The patch sample placed on my back caused a burn, similar to how my face appears. My skin at this point is continuously scaly, red and puffy. At times it appears the skin around my eyes has been scalded. I inquired at my workplace and was told that glutaraldehyde 3% solution is used to sterilize their office instruments. I have always smelled a strong odor in the office that reminded me of formaldehyde but never made the connection until the patch test results. The area where this chemical is used regularly is approx 20-ft from my working area. I work in a small space with a closed door, approx 10 -ft square that was originally meant to be a closet. From what I can see, there is no proper ventilation in the area where the chemicals are used, which is a small area in the center of the office, which also houses our main copier, supplies and durable med equipment. This horrible allergy has affected my daily life, has cost me money and time going to MD visits and of course missing work time to make these MD apps. I also feel very uncomfortable going out in public because of the appearance of the face. Do you offer any suggestions?

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