Monitoring Hydrogen Peroxide

What You Should Know

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is a highly corrosive strongly oxidizing chemical that is used as a biocide and bleaching agent.  It is widely used in healthcare for sterile processing and in food processing for aseptic filling.  It also finds extensive use for bleaching textiles and paper. 

Applications for H2O2:

  • Sterilization of medical instruments and packs
  • Aseptic packaging and bottling
  • Anti-microbial fogging
  • Bleaching agent
 Keep your employees safe by monitoring for hydrogen peroxide.

Health Hazards and Risks

There are a number of health risks users should be aware of. Hydrogen peroxide has no odor at low concentrations, making it impossible for workers to know if they are being exposed based on smell alone.

  • Eye irritation : eye damage after prolonged exposure

  • Nose and throat irritation

  • Respiratory distress : fluid in the lungs after high level
    of exposure

  • Skin irritation dermatitis

  • Skin burns

  • Skin and hair bleaching

  • Animal carcinogen with unknown relevance to humans

    Regulations & Industry Standards

    Exposure limits and guidelines when using hydrogen peroxide have been set by a number of governmental regulatory agencies and international standards organizations:

    OSHA: Occupational and Safety Health Administration
    OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL):  1.0 ppm (8 Hr TWA)

    NIOSH: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
    NIOSH Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH):  75 ppm

    JC: Joint Commission
    Joint Commission Standard EC.02.02.01

    : American Conference of Government Industrial Hygienist
    ACGIH Threshold Limit Values TLV
    :  1.0 ppm

    OSHA Hazard Communications 29 CFR 1910.1200

    : Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrument
    AAMI ST:41:1999 and ST:58:2013

    UK HSE
    : United Kingdom Health & Safety Executive
    UK HSE Long-Term
    : 1 ppm  UK HSE Short-term: 2 ppm

    Monitoring solutions for Hydrogen Peroxide.

    How ChemDAQ can help to protect your workers and your business by monitoring for hydrogen peroxide vapors.

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