Fact sheets

NICNAS assesses the risks of industrial chemicals to human health and the environment, and makes recommendations to other government agencies that regulate the use and disposal of chemicals.

These fact sheets are for a general audience and contain information about the risks of certain chemicals for industrial use in Australia, including recommendations for safe use.

Please note, our recommendations are not always implemented by chemical regulators. For the most up-to-date information about how a particular chemical is regulated in your State or Territory you will need to contact other government agencies. Read What we do for details about our regulatory partners.


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CAS number(s): 111-30-8

Glutaraldehyde is a common chemical used in a variety of ways. It is used as a biocide (most commonly in disinfectants), as a hardener in X-ray film processing, as a fixing agent in electron and light microscopy, and in tanning.

Glycolic acid

CAS number(s): 79-14-1

Glycolic acid is widely used in cosmetic products. Glycolic acid belongs to a group of chemicals commonly known as fruit acids or AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids). It has industrial and domestic uses but this page only discusses the use of glycolic acid in cosmetics.

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Last update 29 July 2018