– Chemical Detection in the Food Industry
Food safety and processing safety go hand in hand
There are a wide variety of chemicals used in the food industry for a myriad of reasons. From farm to retail to food service, chemicals are used extensively in the food supply chain. Chemicals are used to disinfect, clean, ripen and/or preserve food, and are also used extensively in food processing facilities to make sure that surfaces that touch food are clean. Workers in the food supply chain can be exposed to hazardous chemicals. SafeAir and ChromAir badges help to keep employees safe when working with these toxic hazards.
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The Big Deal – Chemical Detection
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If I have an area monitor, do I need to do personal monitoring?
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Exposure dose for dummies
To answer the question of how fast SafeAir badges will react, we will need to know the concentration of the chemical present in the environment as well as the overall time of the exposure. For example, the SafeAir TDI/MDI badge has an initial indication dose sensitivity of 5 ppb●hr, meaning at a concentration of 5 ppb of TDI, this badge will indicate exposure after being in the environment for one hour.
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Ammonium hydroxide, or ammonia mixed with water is used to remove pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli from meat products. Ammonia can also be used as a leavening agent for baked goods as well as an acidity controller for cheeses and sometimes chocolates. Workers in these varying positions run the risk of ammonia exposure. SafeAir and ChromAir badges help to ensure workers are safe when working around hazardous chemicals such as ammonia.
Carbon Monoxide (CO), known as the silent killer, is present in the exhaust from internal combustion engines, such as forklifts, generators, trucks and automobiles. Anyone working in close proximity to such equipment has the potential for carbon monoxide exposure. SafeAir and ChromAir CO badges help ensure employees are safe when working around toxic gases such as carbon monoxide.
Chlorine compounds are widely used by the food industry to kill microbes. They are used throughout the food supply chain from farms and poultry facilities to food processing plants. Sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite, sodium dichloroisocyanurate and sodium chlorite are all chlorine-based compounds used in the food processing industry as sanitizing agents. SafeAir and ChromAir badges can help protect workers in the food industry from the risk of chlorine exposure.
Chlorine dioxide kills bacteria by targeting the cell membrane and destroys viruses by damaging their genetic material. This compound can be applied directly as a gas or can be added to water tanks to be sprayed as a disinfectant. Chlorine dioxide gas is generally preferred over the liquid treatment as gas more effectively covers the entire surface area of targeted produce or food facilities, even getting to the hard-to-reach areas. Workers in the food industry run the risk of chlorine dioxide exposure when working in close proximity to this sanitizing agent. SafeAir badges can help to protect employees working in the food industry from the hazards of toxic chemicals like chlorine dioxide.
The poultry industry widely uses formaldehyde as a disinfectant on poultry farms and in brooder houses and hatcheries. It is highly effective in reducing bacteria, virus and mold throughout the poultry production process. Workers in the poultry industry run the risk of formaldehyde exposure when working in close proximity to this sanitizing agent. SafeAir and ChromAir formaldehyde badges can help to protect employees in the poultry industry when working with this chemical.
Used as a disinfectant in the food processing industry, ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent used to control unwanted organism growth by sanitizing produce and meats as well as disinfecting surfaces. Ozone is often used as a disinfectant in bottling plants. Applicable in both gas and spray-on water forms, ozone is an effective sanitizing agent that leaves behind no residual chemicals. Employees who work with ozone in these sanitizing processes risk ozone exposure. SafeAir and ChromAir badges help to identify hazardous gases like ozone allowing employees to take the appropriate action to ensure they’re safe.
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