EPA Approved BBP Disinfectants

EPA Approved BBP Disinfectants

June 12, 2014

To comply with OSHA BBP standards, the disinfectant you use must be listed on:

As the broadest one of these lists is EPA List D, Biosafety would recommend starting your search there. 

Keep in mind that you want to go by the EPA Reg # (as multiple products are re-sold as different brand names).  In general, you may want to look at those that are chlorine-, quaternary-ammonium- or hydrogen-peroxide based.  As chlorine-based products may be associated with corrosion or irritation, many researchers opt for less-corrosive "quats" or peroxide products. 

FYI-- the two examples of non-bleach hospital-approved disinfectants seen most commonly used at UCLA are Quaternary Ammonium Compounds(e.g., Lysol IC or Quat 128), or Hydrogen Peroxide products (e.g., Accel TB). 

Unfortunately, looking up a product on the EPA is not exactly intuitive and “user friendly”. 

For instance, the product called Lysol IC is not listed by this name on EPA List D.   However, if you look up information on the product on the web page above, you’ll see its EPA Registration number (EPA Registration No: 47371-129-675).  You can look up whether the product is EPA-approved or not by doing a search for the key first two sets of numbers (47371-129).  You’ll find this on list D (as FORMULATION HWS-256, which is produced by H&S Chemicals Division).   This product was registered by H&S and then re-sold by Reckitt Benckiser as Lysol IC (which is what the -675 indicates).  But because the chemical formulation was tested and registered with the EPA (under its unique identifier 47371-129), Lysol IC is considered EPA-approved Hospital Disinfectant.   (Note: careful, note that not all Lysol products have the same chemical forumulation as Lysol IC).