DISINFECTANTS

QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS

Concentration of active ingredients: 0.1-2%
Contact time: 10-30 minutes
Effective against: Vegetative bacteria, Lipo viruses
Characteristics: Inactivated by organic matter
Toxicity: Toxic if absorbed or ingested
Applications: Work surface maintenance
Floor maintenance
Biohazard spill, floor surfaces (less effective than some others)
Safety cabinet surface maintenance
Safety cabinet biohazard spill (less effective than some others)
Waterbaths (less effective than some others)
Contaminated glassware
Equipment surfaces
Floor drains

PHENOLIC COMPOUNDS

Concentration of active ingredients: 0.2-3%
Contact time: 10-30 minutes
Effective against: Vegetative bacteria, Lipo viruses, Tubercle bacilli, Hydrophilic viruses (less effective than some others)
Characteristics: Inactivated by organic matter (less effective than some others), Residual effectiveness, Corrosive
Toxicity: Skin irritant, Eye irritant, Respiratory irritant (to a lesser degree than some others), Toxic if absorbed or ingested
Applications: Work surface maintenance
Floor maintenance
Biohazard spill, floor surfaces
Safety cabinet biohazard spill
Waterbaths
Contaminated liquid-discard
Infectious laboratory waste
Contaminated glassware
Contaminated instruments
Equipment surfaces
Floor drains

CHLORINE COMPOUNDS

Concentration of active ingredients: 0.01-5%
Contact time: 10-30 minutes
Effective against: Vegetative bacteria, Lipo viruses, Tubercle bacilli, Hydrophilic viruses, Bacterial spores (less effective than some others)
Characteristics: Inactivated by organic matter, Lipo viruses, Residual effectiveness (less effective than some others), Corrosive
Toxicity: Skin irritant, Eye irritant, Respiratory irritant, Toxic if absorbed or ingested
Applications: Biohazard spills, floor surface
Safety cabinet biohazard spill
Waterbaths (less effective than some others)
Contaminated glassware
Contaminated instruments
Equipment surfaces
Floor drains

IODOPHOR COMPOUNDS

Concentration of active ingredients: 0.47%
Contact time: 10-30 minutes
Effective against: Vegetative bacteria, Lipo viruses, Tubercle bacilli, Hydrophilic viruses (less effective than some others)
Characteristics: Inactivated by organic matter, Residual effectiveness, Corrosive
Toxicity: Skin irritant, Eye irritant, Toxic if absorbed or ingested
Applications: Work surface maintenance
Biohazard spill, floor surfaces (less effective than some others)
Safety cabinet surface maintenance
Safety cabinet biohazard spill (less effective than some others)
Waterbaths
Contaminated glassware
Equipment surfaces

ALCOHOL (ETHYL OR ISOPROPYL)

Concentration of active ingredients: 70-85%
Contact time: 10-30 minutes
Effective against: Vegetative bacteria, Lipo viruses, Tubercle bacilli, Hydrophilic viruses (less effective than some others)
Characteristics: Inactivated by organic matter
Toxicity: Eye irritant, Toxic if absorbed or ingested
Applications: Work surface maintenance
Biohazard spill, floor surfaces (less effective than some others)
Safety cabinet surface maintenance
Waterbaths (less effective than some others)
Equipment surfaces
Animal injection site

FORMALDEHYDE (LIQUID)

Concentration of active ingredients: 4-8%
Contact time: 10-30 minutes
Effective against: Vegetative bacteria, Lipo viruses, Tubercle bacilli, Hydrophilic viruses, Bacterial spores (less effective than some others)
Characteristics: Residual effectiveness
Toxicity: Skin irritant, Eye irritant, Respiratory irritant, Toxic if absorbed or ingested
Applications: Biohazard spill, floor surfaces (less effective than some others)*
Contaminated liquid - discard (less effective than some others)
Infectious laboratory waste (less effective than some others)
Contaminated glassware (less effective than some others)
Contaminated instruments (less effective than some others)
Equipment surfaces (less effective than some others)

GLUTARALDEHYDE

Concentration of active ingredients: 2%
Contact time: 10-60.0 minutes
Effective against: Vegetative bacteria, Lipo viruses, Tubercle bacilli, Hydrophilic viruses, Bacterial spores
Characteristics: Residual effectiveness
Toxicity: Skin irritant, Eye irritant, Respiratory irritant, Toxic if absorbed or ingested
Applications: Contaminated glassware
Contaminated instruments
Equipment surfaces
Lensed instruments**

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (LIQUID)

Concentration of active ingredients: 6%
Contact time: 10-60.0 minutes
Effective against: Vegetative bacteria, Lipo viruses, Tubercle bacilli, Hydrophilic viruses, Bacterial spores
Characteristics: Residual effectiveness, Corrosive
Toxicity: Skin irritant, Eye irritant, Toxic if absorbed or ingested
Applications: Contaminated glassware
Contaminated instruments
Equipment surfaces
Lensed instruments (less effective than some others)**

NOTES

1. * The pungent and irritating characteristics of formaldehyde preclude its use for biohazard spills.

2. ** Contact manufacturer of instruments.

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