Cleaning Chemical Pulled From Jail After Health Complaints


Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess said he is pulling the disinfectant spray Glybet after inmates complained of breathing problems after its misuse by inmates and staff.

Hess said Glybet Citrus is used by to ward off dangerous staph infections like MRSA. 

"Cleanliness is a very important matter in the jail," said Hess.

The problem is that former inmates like Steve Brubaker said it was also often used as a room spray.

“They were using it every night you know, and all during the day,” said Brubaker.  “The inmates were just grabbing it, there were 64 inmates in that pod, and they were just grabbing it free will and spraying it whenever they wanted to.”

Brubaker said from August to January he stayed in the new section of the jail which has a lot of open community space.  He said he had problems with breathing, irritated eyes, smell, and taste.

Another inmate, Jeff Bennett, was at the jail in December.  After he read the spray can, he said he tried to tell the guards about it and said they didn’t seem to care.

“You spray that stuff so heavily that I was telling everybody that’s dangerous to your health,” said Bennett.  “You’re not supposed to inhale these carcinogens.”

The material safety data sheet for Glybet indicates that you have to wear protective clothing to even use the spray.  Glybet is meant as a surface cleaner only.  Chronic health effects include “respiratory irritation.”

Brubaker said he wrote numerous letters complaining about it.  A captain from the jail wrote him back days before his release date, but nothing changed.  Records show that Brubaker visited medical staff at the jail eight times for issues connected to symptoms he attributed to Glybet.

Hess said staff was trained how to correctly use the product, but said he’s now taking Glybet out of the jail anyway.

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