ATSDR - Toxic Substances - Glutaraldehyde
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Glutaraldehyde

CAS ID #: 111-30-8

Affected Organ Systems: Gastrointestinal (Stomach and Intestines, part of the digestive system), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs)

Cancer Classification: EPA: Not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity. IARC: Not evaluated. NTP: Not evaluated

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Chemical Classification: None

Summary: Glutaraldehyde is a colorless, oily liquid with a sharp, pungent odor. Glutaraldehyde is used for industrial, laboratory, agricultural, medical, and some household purposes, primarily for disinfecting and sterilization of surfaces and equipment. For example, it is used in oil and gas recovery operations and pipelines, waste water treatment, x-ray processing, embalming fluid, leather tanning, paper industry, in fogging and cleaning of poultry houses, and as a chemical intermediate in the production of various materials. It may be used in select goods, such as paint and laundry detergent.

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