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Chemicals in Hospital Cleansers Found to Cause Skin Problems

Posted: April 3, 2009

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More research is needed to identify the products and work practices that put hospital cleaning staff at most risk, according to Bello's team. This is important not only for them, the researchers note, but for patients as well.

Many of the chemicals from cleaning products need one to two hours to dissipate from the air. And certain chemicals used to clean surfaces are slowly released into the air afterward. "This," the researchers write, "creates potential for exposure of other occupants in the building, hours after the cleaning activities are performed."

SOURCE: Environmental Health, online March 26, 2009.

Reuters Health, April 2, 2009