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Quinot C, Amsellem-Dubourget S, Temam S, Sevin E, Barreto C, Tackin A, Félicité J, Siroux SLV, Girard R, Descatha A, Moual NL, Dumas O, Development of a bar code-based exposure assessment method to evaluate occupational exposure to disinfectants and cleaning products: a pilot study, Occup Environ Med, 2018;75:338-674,http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2017-104793
(Plain text: Quinot C, Amsellem-Dubourget S, Temam S, Sevin E, Barreto C, Tackin A, Felicite J, Siroux SLV, Girard R, Descatha A, Moual NL, Dumas O, Development of a bar code-based exposure assessment method to evaluate occupational exposure to disinfectants and cleaning products: a pilot study, Occup Environ Med)

Keywords: cleaner, biocide, France,

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Orianne Dumas, Villejuif, France Orianne Dumas

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Abstract

Objective
Healthcare workers are highly exposed to various types of disinfectants and cleaning products. Assessment of exposure to these products remains a challenge. We aimed to investigate the feasibility of a method, based on a smartphone application and bar codes, to improve occupational exposure assessment among hospital/cleaning workers in epidemiological studies.

Methods
A database of disinfectants and cleaning products used in French hospitals, including their names, bar codes and composition, was developed using several sources: ProdHyBase (a database of disinfectants managed by hospital hygiene experts), and specific regulatory agencies and industrial websites. A smartphone application has been created to scan bar codes of products and fill a short questionnaire. The application was tested in a French hospital. The ease of use and the ability to record information through this new approach were estimated.

Results
The method was tested in a French hospital (7 units, 14 participants). Through the application, 126 records (one record referred to one product entered by one participant/unit) were registered, majority of which were liquids (55.5%) or sprays (23.8%); 20.6% were used to clean surfaces and 15.9% to clean toilets. Workers used mostly products with alcohol and quaternary ammonium compounds (>90% with weekly use), followed by hypochlorite bleach and hydrogen peroxide (28.6%). For most records, information was available on the name (93.7%) and bar code (77.0%). Information on product compounds was available for all products and recorded in the database.

Conclusion
This innovative and easy-to-use method could help to improve the assessment of occupational exposure to disinfectants/cleaning products in epidemiological studies.

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