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BIOSAFETY LINE PROTECTS HEALTH CARE WORKERS FROM FORMALDEHYDE, GLUTARALDEHYDE HAZARDS

 SAN DIEGO, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- BioSafety Systems Inc. (AMEX: BSS) has introduced a product line to protect health care workers from the chemicals formaldehyde and glutaraldehyde. Providers have a heightened awareness of the hazards in these chemicals.
 "We focus exclusively on safety and protection concerns in the health care environment and, with our new line, particularly on the health care worker's handling of hazardous chemicals," said Henry D. Kraus, president and chief executive officer of San Diego-based BioSafety Systems.
 BioSafety Systems developed the ChemicalSafety line of products to help hospitals, clinics and physician offices protect their health care professionals from the hazards. Formaldehyde is a preservative for biological tissues, and glutaraldehyde is a compound used as a disinfectant. Health care workers use both chemicals extensively.
 The BioSafety line meets the requirements of the 1992 federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations that set new permissible exposure levels for toxic and hazardous substances. BioSafety analyzed the hazardous characteristics of the chemicals as used in the health care environment and developed and tested a product line to meet the specific regulatory needs.
 OSHA lowered a worker's permissible exposure level to formaldehyde to 0.75 parts per million (ppm) in a time-weighted average over eight hours. Previously, the level was 1.0 ppm.
 Also, the regulation reinforced that the permissible exposure level for glutaraldehyde is set at an absolute maximum of just 0.2 ppm, meaning that level is never to be exceeded.
 The new product line includes eye goggles, gloves, coveralls, gowns, spill protection kits, respirators, air purifiers, vented work stations, exposure monitors and safety manuals.
 BioSafety Systems Inc. manufactures and markets products to reduce risks for health care workers who administer chemotherapy drugs, deal with infected blood, face airborne contaminants or have exposure to hazardous chemicals. The San Diego company was founded in 1982 and completed an initial public offering of common shares on Feb. 11, 1993.
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 /CONTACT: Henry D. Kraus, president and chief executive officer of BioSafety Systems, 619-452-3500/
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