Hazard Analysis and Product Benchmarking of Disinfectants
The Hazard Analysis of Disinfectants compares the environmental and health related hazards of disinfectants with product alternatives. In a first step the substitution demand is estimated. A substitution demand is assumed if the disinfectant contains ingredients with a high and/or long-term adverse impact on human health or the aquatic environment. To identify such an impact a categorisation scheme is applied on the ingredient classification. Substitution demand is assumed if a product contains at least one ingredient categorised as A (high concern). In such a case the product is recommended for a Product Benchmarking. The aim is to identify products which are recommendable for substitution. The analysis can be applied to hand and skin disinfectants, surface, instrument and linen disinfectants. For that information about products and their ingredients is needed. For a comprehensive analysis a list of dangerous ingredients is needed together with information about their concentration, type of application, biocidal efficacy and use amount of the products. The WIDES database supports to select the most recent ingredient classifications and enables access to potential product alternatives.
 Benchmarking means the comparison of single attributes of a product or product portfolio with a benchmark “. Normally the benchmark is a market leader within a product segment.