Hospitalization in Food Processing Plants Due to PAA

2019 News Articles Relating to Peracetic Acid:

Only two hospitalized thanks to containment vessel for PAA working to perfection. "At least two workers are in the hospital and about 14 others checked for acid inhalation after a leak at a food processing plant. None are believed to have suffered serious injuries. It is said the leak could have been worse had a containment vessel used in the process not worked to perfection. As a precaution, about 500 workers evacuated the plant but returned to work about an hour later, when an “all-clear” was issued."

Peracetic Acid spill forces multiple people to the hospital. "Multiple people were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries after a hazmat incident at food processing plant. The incident occurred when a forklift operator punctured a holding jug of a substance that assists in microbial intervention, the process used to create a bacteria free environment during production. The substance then spilled in an outdoor lot, according to Matthew Sliwa, chief of the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company. According to the DNREC Environmental Release Notification System alert, the substance was peracetic acid, which is considered to be hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency."

Poultry plant spills causing massive cleanup. "Poultry plant in Georgetown spills acid, prompting clean-up. Clean-up is underway downstate after a hazardous materials spill Friday. It is said the plant spilled 276 gallons of peracetic acid onto concrete ground. Peracetic acid is colorless liquid that's part of a microbial wash used on poultry. The chemical is considered hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency. The spill happened due to a broken valve on a plastic tote, according to state environmental officials."

Peracetic acid is an important compound in both healthcare and food processing since it is highly biocidial but rapidly brakes down to harmless byproducts in the environment thus leaving endoscopes and lettuces free of harmful residues. However those people using peracetic acid run the risk of exposure even with the best equipment. Peracetic acid can be used safely with the appropriate equipment (ventilation, continuous gas monitoring system for PAA), work procedures and training (e.g. what to do in the case of a spill). Ventilation will help to quicken the process it takes to rid the room of the hazardous chemical vapor and a continuous real time monitor will let employees know when a spill occurs and the vapor concentration returned to a safer level.

PAA has many advantages, but if you use PAA in your day to day operations it is important to be prepared for the worst since a small peracetic acid spill can sue a lot of trouble. This statement does not disparage PAA, since it applies equally well to any chemical biocide.

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