Chlorine Dioxide Used in Hualien Public Places 水霧機噴二氧化氯害健康 花蓮多處仍用

Some commercially available chlorine dioxide used as disinfectant may cause harm to the human body. But, the chemical is still being used in public places, such as Hualien's Tungtamen Night Market. 


Hualien's Tungtamen Night Market is diligently carrying out epidemic prevention and disinfection. In addition to the contact registration system, all visitors must pass through this disinfection door at entrances and exits that will spray chlorine dioxide. Everyone dared not to pass through the disinfection mist after hearing an elementary school student inhaled the mist, resulting in pneumonia.

Huang Chia-ming, Chairperson, Tungtamen Night Market: “We've been using this mist for over a year now. And now with the epidemic situation in Northern Taiwan, we will probably ask for guidance from the county government.”

Many public places in Hualien also use atomizers and chlorine dioxide for disinfection. Some county councilors became allergic after passing through the mist, and immediately felt strong irritation in their eyes, nose, and throat. They found that chlorine dioxide is an environmental disinfectant after some research.

Wei Chia-yen, Hualien County Councilor: “The manual for chlorine dioxide says it's used to only sterilize items, not humans. Then, with the atomizer, will it cause an allergic reaction if inhaled into the human body?”

Hualien County Government said that it is still verifying with the Central Government whether chlorine dioxide can be used on humans, but first, it will change the chlorine dioxide solution in Tungtamen Night Market to alcohol. All county government agencies and schools will strengthen the message that chlorine dioxide cannot be used. However, the County Government still hopes that the Central Government will formulate measures so that the local government will have a basis to follow.

Hsu Chu-an, Director, Commercial Management Division, Hualien County Tourism Department: “We just decided to stop it immediately. We'll switch back to alcohol and strengthen hand disinfection.”

Weng Chun-min, Deputy Director, Department of Education, Hualien County: “I hope the Central Government can clarify this as soon as possible and give the local government guidance on correct usage.”

The Environmental Protection Agency stated that chlorine dioxide is currently not approved for continuous spraying by atomizers in the country. The EPA promises it will require manufacturers to give clear warnings, while the public should pay more attention to how it is used in order to avoid harm.

 

 



為了做好防疫消毒工作,花蓮東大門夜市各出入口進入,除了實聯制外,還必須經過這道會噴灑二氧化氯的消毒門,但一聽說有小學生吸入後造成肺炎,大家就不敢再進去消毒。

東大門夜市主委黃家明表示:「使用到現在已經一年多了啦,然後現在北部那邊,有發生這樣的事情的話,可能再請示一下縣府那邊。」

不僅如此,花蓮許多公共場合也是使用霧化機搭配二氧化氯做噴灑式清消,就有議員經過後過敏,當下眼、鼻、喉都感受到強烈刺激,查詢資料後才發現二氧化氯是環境用藥。

花蓮縣議員魏嘉彥說:「二氧化氯上面的說明書是寫說,只對物品來消毒,並沒有說到人體啦。那加上霧化機,會不會吸到人體裡面,會造成一個過敏的反應。」

花蓮縣府表示,目前還在與中央查證,但會先將東大門夜市的二氧化氯改成酒精,各機關學校也會加強宣導不可使用,但還是希望中央制定管理辦法,地方政府才有依據。

花蓮縣觀光處商業管理科長徐竹安表示:「我們就是決定立即先停用啦,那我們會改回用酒精,加強手部消毒這樣。」

花蓮縣教育處副處長翁純敏則指出:「希望中央能夠盡快的釐清,然後給予地方政府,一個正確的使用規範。」

環保署則表示,國內目前並沒有核准任何二氧化氯,可使用連續噴霧的霧化機,承諾會要求業者註記警語,民眾則是要多注意使用方法,以免造成傷害。

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