PAA - Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Continuously Monitor

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Why should you monitor Peracetic Acid (PAA)? Here are ten reasons why you should monitor.

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1. 10 Reasons Why You Should Continuously Monitor Antimicrobial chemicals are highly toxic Antimicrobial chemicals like PAA are designed to kill all microorganisms including resistant spores. As a result, they are very toxic to people and their use needs to be monitored. Fire and Explosion Hazards Chemicals at high concentrations may be a fire hazard or possibly cause an explosion, especially if oxidizing agents contact fuels. Antimicrobial vapors pose serious health risks to those exposed PAA vapor can cause eye and respiratory irritation, coughing , shortness of breath, and in more severe cases, pulmonary edema and cancer. Sense of smell is an unreliable detection method The human nose cannot determine if the concentration of PAA vapors are reaching a dangerous level. Olfactory fatigue also can set in, which is the common experience of losing sensitivity to odors after prolonged exposure. Employers must provide a safe work environment OSHA created a legal duty for employers to provide a safe work environment and employees to follow all workplace safety standards when working with dangerous chemicals. Workers cannot be exposed to levels above OELs OSHA, ACGIH and some states have developed Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) for many antimicrobial chemicals to protect workers. A method to warn of high chemical exposure is required OSHA requires that employee training include methods to detect the presence or release of a hazardous chemical in the work area. Mitigate risk of litigation If employees are exposed to PAA chemical vapor concentrations above recognized occupational exposure limits, OSHA can cite employers under the General Duty Clause. Reduce lost work days & worker’s compensation With continuous monitoring you can promote your workers safety, meaning less sick days and decreased workers compensation costs. Demonstrate to your employees you care about their safety If employees feel valued, they will be happier, perform better and be much less likely to change jobs. ChemDAQ Inc. • 300 Business Center Drive • Pittsburgh, PA • 15205 • Phone 412.787.0202 • www.chemdaq.com

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