Due to the new pneumonia and new coronavirus, we have many inquiries about organic solvents. “Ethanol” was occasionally heard in daily life, but IPA (isopropyl alcohol) may have been heard for the first time under the influence of this coronavirus.
This time, I would like to talk about the difference between disinfection IPA and industrial IPA, which was the most frequent inquiries.
Disinfection IPA (isopropyl alcohol)
IPA (isopropyl alcohol), which is used for disinfection and sterilization, is manufactured as a pharmaceutical product after conducting confirmation tests according to the Japanese Pharmacopoeia. Conversely, those that have not passed such tests cannot be claimed to be “disinfectable” or “sterilized” as pharmaceuticals.
For example, it may be easier to understand in the field of food. If anyone could sell without permission, the risk of food poisoning and foreign material contamination would be extremely high due to food hygiene and the lack of facilities in an environment without facilities. Currently, regardless of size, a health center business license is required. At the same time, drugs can be sold only as drugs or those that have been tested safely or well. This protects the safety of consumers.
When selling pharmaceuticals, there is a rule that pharmacists must control production, and a license is required for both sales and production.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s guidance on disinfection and sterilization based on the Infectious Diseases Law states that IPA is made 70 vol% by adding water and used as a disinfectant.
Industrial IPA (isopropyl alcohol)
Industrial IPA (isopropyl alcohol) is an IPA that has been subjected to JISK1522 and standard tests independently determined by each manufacturer.
Industrial IPA is used for cleaning and diluting paints, and is a solvent that falls under the Type 2 Organic Solvents of the Ordinance for Prevention of Organic Solvent Poisoning. If you are engaged in work using IPA, you will need a medical checkup etc. dedicated to organic solvent users. Of course, please attach protective equipment and use ventilation equipment when using.
Disinfection IPA and industrial IPA are similar but different
Industrial IPA differs from disinfection IPA in product testing, the laws involved, and product warranty. If you use industrial IPA for disinfection, you may endanger yourself if you want to disinfect it for your health.
When using the product, be sure to follow the usage rules for the correct use of the product.