Benzalkonium Chloride

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Chlorure de benzalkonium
Benzalkonium chloride is a biocide present in a large range of products, including some drugs and cleaning agents. It is sometimes listed as quarternary ammonium compounds on MSDS as it actually has more than one chemical formula.

It is one of the commoner causes of occupational asthma in cleaners and those exposed to cleaning aerosols.

There are a few published case reports of occupational asthma to benzalkonium chloride, often with positive serial peak flow (Oasys) analysis and specific inhalation challenges.

References for: Benzalkonium Chloride See published papers on "Benzalkonium Chloride" from this website.
Haz-Map information on: Benzalkonium Chloride See information on "Benzalkonium Chloride" from the HazMap (Information on Hazardous Chemicals and Occupational Diseases) website.

Oasys Notifications for Benzalkonium Chloride

The Oasys Audit scheme started midway through 2010 and collects agents typed in through the Oasys program. The years before 2010 show old data entered during 2010 or later and are likely to have many fewer notifications. We expect Oasys to become more widely adopted as time goes by so increasing notifications does not necessarily mean an increasing problem.

Occupational asthma notifications to the Oasys Audit Scheme for Benzalkonium Chloride

Selected References for Benzalkonium Chloride

Full Text Available for Floor cleaning materials as a cause of occupational asthma McCoach JS, Robertson AS, Burge PS, Floor cleaning materials as a cause of occupational asthma, Indoor Air, 1999;99:5:459-464,
Sherwood Burge, Oasys, an author of 'Floor cleaning materials as a cause of occupational asthma' Jennifer McCoach (now Croft), Oasys, an author of 'Floor cleaning materials as a cause of occupational asthma' Alastair Robertson, Selly Oak Hospital, an author of 'Floor cleaning materials as a cause of occupational asthma'

No Abstract Available for Occupational asthma due to benzalkonium chloride Innocenti A, Occupational asthma due to benzalkonium chloride, Med Lav, 1978;69:713-715,

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