Food & Beverage Packaging

Peracetic Acid (PAA) and Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) are used throughout global food and beverage packaging operations as antimicrobial chemicals to kill harmful bacteria and extend the shelf life of common food and beverages. While helpful in their direct application, PAA and H2O2 exposure can be hazardous for employees, especially when both chemicals are involved throughout the operation. Chemical monitoring is an effective way to keep workers safe from harmful exposure and production lines running.

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The food and beverage packaging industry uses a mix of both PAA and H₂O₂ to kill any harmful bacteria and extend product shelf life. First, food and beverage containers are doused with PAA and then caps and lids are dipped in high concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide. This common method exposes workers to not one, but two toxic chemicals. With risks and hazards doubled, a continuous monitoring solution will proactively protect workers and ensure your entire facility is safe.

Permissible Exposure Limits

Because of the exposure risks associated with both PAA and H₂O₂, occupational exposure limits and safety guidelines have been developed and are closely monitored by governing bodies.

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Monitoring Solutions

With so many points of potential PAA and H₂O₂ exposure throughout food and beverage packaging operations, chemical vapor monitoring provides a solution to gather real-time vapor readings–-protecting workers and providing data needed to make necessary adjustments to ensure plant operations continue.

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E-Cell Sensor

The E-Cell sensor features ChemDAQ’s proprietary Spot-On™ filter technology to reduce interference and precisely measure chemical vapor levels for PAA and H₂O₂. Unlike other suppliers, ChemDAQ’s sensors are calibrated with PAA and H₂O₂ test gas to ensure top safety and performance.

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SafeCide™ Series

Quickly and easily detect hazardous areas with the SafeCide series, a portable monitoring system to provide real-time measurements of PAA and H₂O₂ on the floor and easily identify hot spots and leaks.

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Steri-Trac® Series

ChemDAQ’s Steri-Trac 2 area monitor connects to air handling systems to control both ventilation and air extraction based on PAA and H₂O₂ exposure levels. This fixed monitoring system can also be installed in potential hot spot areas throughout your plant to keep workers safe around-the-clock and alert you if and when hazardous vapor levels for either chemical occur. 

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VaporAlert™ Series

The first and only water-resistant monitoring system on the market, the VaporAlert is designed to continuously monitor ​​PAA and H₂O₂ in the wet areas of your plant.

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Sensor Communication Interface (SCI™)

The SCI is a multi-configurable monitoring solution to accurately and reliably detect vapors throughout your facility and communicate readings to a compatible data system for enhanced connectivity.

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Hospitals rely on H₂O₂, PAA and EtO to sterilize medical instruments needed in patient care. This essential task requires workers to employ high concentrations in Sterile Processing Departments, placing them at risk of exposure.

Medical Device

More than 50% of all medical devices used in the U.S. are sterilized with EtO. While an effective sterilizing agent, EtO is known to produce harmful gas vapors and off-gas from sterilized units, putting workers at risk of exposure. 

Protein Processing

PAA is used in poultry and meat processing. PAA is distributed to various areas of the processing plant to kill harmful bacteria on meat and surfaces to meet USDA food safety guidelines.

Supply Chain Logistics

Medical devices sterilized with EtO are then shipped to their final destination and may continue to off-gas for days. During transport, EtO accumulates in trucks and continues to off-gas once held in storage facilities, accumulating emissions that can often exceed OSHA's permissible exposure limit. 

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