Peracetic Acid - What You Should Know

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1. PERACETIC ACID Peracetic Acid (PAA) is an excellent anti - microbial and leaves no harmful residues, it is the chemical of choice in healthcare, vegetable & fruit processing, beef & poultry processing, aseptic packaging & filling and water treatment. The textile and pulp industries also use it as a bleaching agent. However, the high reactivity of PAA that underlies its benefits also means that excessive exposure to the vapor can be harmful and cause health issues to those that are exposed. American Conference of Governmental Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Values (TLV) 0.4 ppm (15 min TWA) PAA Vapor Exposure Guidelines Health Risks of Peracetic Acid Exposure ● Pulmonary edema ● Permanent lung damage ● Permanent eye damage ● Damaged mucous membranes ● Skin burns ChemDAQ Inc. • 300 Business Center Drive • Pittsburgh, PA • 15205 • Phone 412.787.0202 •

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