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NIOSH Says USDA Does Not Consider Safety When approving Chemicals

2015-05-23 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Most workers and plant managers may reasonably assume that these antimicrobial chemicals have been thoroughly tested before receiving USDA approval. This statement is true for efficacy but not for worker safety.

Global Burden of Occupational Injury and Illness

2014-06-03 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Workplace safety is a global issue and huge cost on the world economy. However investing in safety produces both a financial benefit as well as a social benefit.

OSHA Uses General Duty Clause to Prosecute Chemical Exposure instead of PEL

2014-08-20 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
OSHA used the General Duty Clause to prosecute Fiberdome Inc, for exposing workers to excessive concentrations of styrene, even though there is an OSHA PEL for this compound.

Improving Worker Safety Improves Patient Safety

2015-01-14 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Historically, Hospitals put patient well-being ahead of worker safety with the result that non-fatal injury rates in US healthcare are among the highest of any industry. The industry must take steps towards increasing both the safety of patients and staff.

Is it time for an OSHA STEL for Hydrogen Peroxide?

2015-02-17 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Thanks to ChemDAQ Steri-Trac® monitors, a customer found four new hydrogen peroxide sterilizers emitted 20 to 40 ppm range of H2O2 when the door was opened. They went to the sterilizer manufacturer to correct the problem but without success. Maybe its time to have an OSHA STEL for worker safety?

The Elusive Odor Theshold for Hydrogen Peroxide

2015-05-15 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Some references say that hydrogen peroxide has a slightly sharp odor, or sharp odor and bitter taste, though most say hydrogen peroxide vapor has no smell and is imperceptible at concentrations below a few hundred ppm.

A New Occupational Exposure Limit for OPA?

2015-07-29 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
One of the chemicals under study by the ACGIH to determine if a TLV should be issued is o-phthalaldehyde, better known as OPA. This chemical is widely used as a high level disinfectant (HLD) for disinfection of endoscopes and other devices.

How can you measure Peracetic Acid separately from Hydrogen peroxide, Isn’t there hydrogen peroxide in PAA?

2016-10-19 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
We receive questions similar to the title frequently. To find out the answer, click here!

Peracetic Acid Exposure in a Poultry Plant – My Firsthand Experience

2016-11-01 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
PAA is a necessary biocide used to make sure the meat we eat is safe by killing the microorganisms, but its dangerous to those who are exposed to it. After worker complaints, the safety manager called us in to test our product. Check out the results!

Keeping Healthcare/SPD Workers Safe from Exposure: 2 Very Different Options

2016-12-06 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Though both badges and continuous monitors are designed to keep to workers safe, one is clearly more effective than the other: the continuous monitor! What to find out why? Click here!

What to do in the case of a Peracetic Acid spill

2016-12-13 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
If Peracetic acid spills in your facility, do you know what to do in order to keep you and your employees safe? Click here to learn what to do!

What is the difference between a REL and a PEL?

2017-02-21 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Realizing the difference between the two is as easy as looking at the names: What is “recommended” vs. what is “permissible”. Click here to learn more!

Don’t Always Blame the Sterilizer for Leaks of Sterilant Chemicals

2017-05-11 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
When there is a leak or chemicals in the air, the first assumption is that the sterilizer is malfunctioning. However, often it is not the sterilizer that is to blame, but rather human error!

What You Smell May Harm You!

2017-12-19 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Peracetic Acid (PAA) is an excellent antimicrobial agent and it is used extensively in the Food & Beverage and Healthcare industries, but it can hurt those who are exposed to it.

Peracetic Acid (PAA) Risks at Poultry Plants

2018-01-11 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
It is often assumed that peracetic acid is safe because it is environmentally safe. In reality, Peracetic Acid (PAA) can be harmful to you and your employees.

What is Olfactory Fatigue? Do you have it?

2018-02-09 21:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Olfactory Fatigue is the common experience of losing sensitivity to odors after prolonged exposure, and can happen after prolonged exposure to PAA. Click here to learn more about the dangers of Olfactory Fatigue!

Why Would You Only Monitor Dangerous Chemical Gases Once A Year?

2018-04-09 20:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
When working with dangerous chemicals, it is important to continuously monitor them as work conditions can rapidly change from safe to hazardous.

Hydrogen Peroxide IDLH More Dangerous Than Ethylene Oxide

2018-01-04 07:15:48 In ChemDAQ Blog
Did you know that the NIOSH Immediately Dangerous To Life Or Health (IDLH) guidelines for Hydrogen Peroxide is about 10 times less than the IDLH for Ethylene Oxide?