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OSHA Cracking Down on Peracetic Acid Exposure

May 12, 2017

OSHA Cracking Down on Peracetic Acid Exposure

Even if there is no PEL, OSHA can, and has been, issuing citations to employers under the General Duty Clause for employees exposed to vapors above recognized exposure limits set by other organizations. Under the General Duty Clause, the employer has an obligation to protect workers from serious and recognized workplace hazards even where there is no standard. Employers must take whatever actions are necessary to eliminate these hazards.

Peracetic Acid Exposure Limits

The regulatory environment concerning Peracetic acid is changing. In 2014, the internationally recognized association, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), released a 15 minute Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) for Peracetic acid of 0.4 ppm. Within the past year, NIOSH has proposed an Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) level of 0.55 ppm. Due to lack of sufficient data, NIOSH has requested more information from industry stakeholders regarding health risks to workers associated with occupational exposure to Peracetic acid with the intention of establishing a final IDLH and Recommended Exposure Limit (REL).

If you need to control Peracetic acid vapor, then you need to accurately measure it.

 

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