Chicago Plant Reminds Us of the Dangers of Ethylene Oxide

The dangers of Ethylene Oxide are in the headlines once again with the controversy surrounding the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook, IL, a southwestern suburb of Chicago. Ethylene Oxide is a known carcinogen and has alarmed the residents of the Willowbrook community.

Ethylene Oxide can be used safely if the vapors remain at a safe level. OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) is 1 Parts Per Million (PPM) for an 8 hour Time Weighted Average (TWA). It is critical to monitor Ethylene Oxide to ensure that the vapors are at a safe level to protect everyone who may be exposed to the chemical vapor.

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