Uncategorized Carcinogenic products used in ambulances!

Ban of CMR products in ambulances. Updates on phenoxyethanol.

28 August 2018by Erick Venturelli

Do you have products containing PHENOXYETHANOL?
You can know by just looking at the labels.
If so, know that you are putting your activity at risk, because phenoxyethanol is a CMR substance (carcinogenic, mutagenic, and toxic for reproduction), as clearly identified by occupational medicine. Therefore, this may also lead to work-related diseases through exposure to carcinogenic substances.
Ambulance service companies have even received restriction to use these products under penalty of termination of activity.

1. CMRs!

Some chemical agents have, in the medium or long term, carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic effects on reproduction. They are called CMR agents. It is essential to identify them, or in other words to make an inventory of the products used and of work situations that could lead to exposure to them. When a CMR agent is identified in the workplace, its removal or substitution is mandatory, whenever it is technically possible as specified in an article of the French INRS (Institut National de la Recherche sur la sécurité [National Institute for Security Research]).


2. SANIRIS gives you the solutions

Don’t take the risk: we have solutions for you! Disinfection must be performed with products guaranteed to be free of phenoxyethanols. SANIRIS offers highly specific products for each step of disinfection, in application of our philosophy:

  • Protecting consumers
  • Short and long term health
  • Protecting the environment
  • Air disinfection (spray) or contact WITHOUT PHENOXYETHANOL
  • Surface cleansing and disinfection WITHOUT PHENOXYETHANOL
  • Air and surface instant disinfection WITHOUT PHENOXYETHANOL
  • Alcohol free hand disinfection WITHOUT PHENOXYETHANOL

We implement three kinds of procedures:

  1. Easy disinfection to be carried out between each patient transfer.
  2. Daily disinfection, to be performed every day at the end of the transfers (when the ambulance is parked till its use the next day) or between each day-night crew change.
  3. Weekly disinfection based on the same principle as the two previous treatments. The only difference is that you must allow at least one hour for two or even three staff members to perform the treatment. First, you will have to empty completely the vehicle. All removable equipment must be removed: cupboard, drawers, carrying chair, vacuum immobilizing mattress, splints, and so on. Everything should be taken out to leave the cell completely empty.

Erick Venturelli

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