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What Chemicals Are Increased Risk and Why?

When using our Safer Disinfectants tool, you may be wondering why we classify some chemicals as safer versus ones that pose increased risk. The following list identifies the risks that these chemicals are associated with and notes references for why they are considered safer or increased-risk.

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EPA adds seven disinfectants to “List N” (Synergex, Maquat 20-M, Maquat 10, Panther Disinfectant Towelette, Virocid, CloroxPro™ Clorox Total 360® Disinfecting Cleaner1, Peraspray)

Today, the EPA added seven disinfectants to “List N”. All seven disinfectants are “increased risk” disinfectants. Five of the disinfectants ( Maquat 20-M, Maquat 10, Panther Disinfectant Towelette, Virocid, CloroxPro™ Clorox Total 360® Disinfecting Cleaner1) contain quaternary ammonium, an ingredient that has been linked to respiratory distress.

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EPA Adds Four Disinfectants to “List N” (Bio-Spear Sanitizing Spray, Wyandotte Sanifect D2, Multi-Quat and 73 Disinfecting Acid Bathroom Cleaner)

EPA added four disinfectants to “List N.” Three of the disinfectants (Bio-Spear Sanitizing Spray, Wyandotte Sanifect D2, Multi-Quat) contain quaternary ammonium, an active ingredient linked to respiratory distress. One addition to the list (73 Disinfecting Acid Bathroom Cleaner, from EcoLab) contains Capric Acid, a safer active ingredient.

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The EPA adds two increased-risk (OmniSan Anolyte, and Solvent Free Detergent Disinfectant Pump Spray) and one safer (Profect HP) disinfectant to list N

Today the EPA added two increased-risk (OmniSan Anolyte, and Solvent Free Detergent Disinfectant Pump Spray) and one safer (Profect HP) disinfectant to list N. Both increased-risk disinfectants contain chlorine: OmniSan Anolyte contains hypochlorous acid, while Solvent Free Detergent Disinfectant Pump Spray contains quaternary ammonium as its active ingredient.

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EPA continues to maintain “List N”

When the EPA initially added disinfectants to List N, they didn’t have confirmed science showing that they would all work against SARS-CoV-2. But they made some reasoned guidelines based on effectiveness against harder-to-kill pathogens.

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