Individuals regularly exposed to bleach and other commonly used disinfectants may at an increased risk of developing a deadly type of lung disease, a research has claimed.

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What findings say?

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  • The findings showed that tasks that involved frequent exposure to disinfectants.
  • Such as cleaning surfaces, and specific chemicals in disinfectants.
  • In addition,were associated with a 22 to 32 per cent increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • COPD is a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe.
  • We found that people who use disinfectants to clean surfaces on a regular basis at least once a week.
  • However,had a 22 per cent increased risk of developing COPD,said Expert.
  • Further, the study found that exposure to disinfectants.
  • Such as glutaraldehyde used for medical instruments, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and quaternary ammonium compounds.
  • Known as “quats”, mainly used for low-level disinfection of surfaces such as floors and furniture.
  • In addition,were associated with an increased risk of COPD of between 24 per cent to 32 per cent.

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Team analysed:

  • For the study, the team analysed data from 56K female nurses, who were followed from 2009, for approximately eight years until May 2017.
  • During that time 663 nurses were diagnosed with COPD.
  • Previous studies have linked exposure to disinfectants with breathing problems such as asthma among healthcare workers.
  • Our findings provide further evidence of the effects of exposure to disinfectants on respiratory problems.
  • And highlight the urgency of integrating occupational health considerations into guidelines for cleaning.
  • And disinfection in healthcare settings such as hospitals.
  • The everyday use of bleach currently has no specific health guidelines, but the researchers hope the study will prompt investigation.
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