Accession Number : ADA290161

Title :   Disinfectants; EPA Lacks Assurance They Work.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV

PDF Url : ADA290161

Report Date : AUG 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : Disinfectants are used to kill germs on inanimate surfaces and objects in hospitals, schools, restaurants, and homes. Because users cannot see whether disinfectants kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses, the use of ineffective disinfectants poses a threat to public health and wastes consumer dollars. Mounting concerns about whether hospital and household disinfectants work as claimed and the adequacy of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) disinfectants program led the House Committee on Gov earnment Operations to request that GAO review EPA'S regulation of the efficacy of disinfectants. (MM)

Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, *PUBLIC HEALTH, *DISINFECTION, *GERMICIDES, BACTERIA, DISEASES, FUNGI, QUALITY CONTROL, VIRUSES, REGULATIONS, PESTICIDES, STERILIZATION, FOOD PROCESSING.

Subject Categories : Hygiene and Sanitation
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE