- To minimize employee exposure to acetic acid by evaluating work procedures and engineering controls.
- To format monitoring results to satisfy the requirements and recommendations set forth by OSHA, Department of Labor, NIOSH, JCAHO, and insurance companies that offer liability coverage.
- To utilize testing results as a basis for making appropriate recommendations aimed at reducing employee exposure.
This management program helps follow the guidelines of OSHA Federal Register, Section 1910.1000, and test the effectiveness of systems designed to reduce employee exposure to acetic acid. Trace gas contamination is usually the result of four main factors:
- Improper ventilation
- Work practice control
- Exhaust system malfunctions
- Engineering controls
An infrared gas analyzer (Foxboro Miran Sapphire) will be used to make on-site determinations for acetic acid. Real time readings will be taken at various source locations, at short intervals of time to provide an integrated personal exposure analysis.
HEALTH CHOICE will also determine air exchange rates by measuring ventilation supply air flow in locations where the monitoring is performed. A Shortridge flowhood will be used to obtain the air flow measurements.
Note: Air exchange testing may be skipped in program if PEL levels are found to be well below the action level.