Peracetic Acid Exposure Monitoring

When Peracetic Acid (PAA) is employed as a disinfectant in your protein processing operations, it is crucial to conduct PAA level monitoring in all areas where the chemical might be found. This includes spaces such as PAA storage areas, spray bars, and dip tanks on the plant floor.

Storage areas

PAA storage areas hold the highest PAA volume and concentration in protein processing facilities. Although not continuously manned by workers, the frequent refilling or replacement of sizeable PAA totes poses risks to workers and heightens the potential for chemical leaks. This increases the likelihood of exceeding safe exposure limits. PAA totes are vulnerable to leaks and are often stored in confined spaces, leading to hazardous levels of toxic vapour in the air.

The Steri-Trac Series offers continuous monitoring for high-risk areas. These fixed units, installed inside storage rooms, promptly alert in case of leaks. Ensuring safety near storage totes, Steri-Trac calculates 15-minute Time Weighted Average (TWA) levels, issuing alarms for potential hazards. External displays show real-time readings, confirming safety before entry. Additionally, Steri-Trac aids PAA operations by recording data to identify reading trends.

Portable units for more safety

After transitioning from storage to the plant floor, the majority of facility workers face direct exposure to toxic PAA. Contact can happen through inhalation or direct touch, potentially leading to irritation in the eyes, nose, throat, skin, and respiratory problems. This underlines the significance of monitoring worker PAA exposure, overseen by regulatory bodies such as OSHA and USDA, due to associated health risks.

ChemDAQ’s SafeCide Series offers a solution for ensuring compliance and worker safety. This portable device can be used on the plant floor to collect real-time readings, detect leaks, and identify problem areas. The newly introduced 2.1 software further enhances user experience and expands safety personnel capabilities. To ensure comprehensive monitoring, it’s advisable to deploy multiple SafeCide units across various areas.

ChemDAQ’s Expertise in Chemical Vapour Monitoring

ChemDAQ is a leading provider of continuous monitoring solutions for industries using EtO, H₂O₂, and PAA. With over 600 satisfied customers worldwide, their state-of-the-art monitoring systems have helped businesses ensure workplace safety and compliance with regulatory standards.

In industries where antimicrobial chemicals like Ethylene Oxide, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Peracetic Acid are integral to processing operations, safeguarding worker health from chemical vapour exposure is a non-negotiable responsibility.

Implementing a reliable chemical vapour monitoring system is not just a regulatory requirement but a moral obligation for businesses. With AquaGas expertise and state-of-the-art monitoring solutions, industries can effectively protect their workers, ensure regulatory compliance, and maintain a safe and productive work environment.

If your business utilizes these antimicrobial chemicals, it’s time to consider how a Chemical Vapour Monitoring system can be the cornerstone of your commitment to worker safety and well-being. Get in touch with us to learn more about our solutions and take a proactive step towards a safer workplace.

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