An overview of exposures and exposure control in the ethylene oxide producer and ethoxylation industries
Article first published online: 17 JUN 2004
Copyright © 1990 American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 87–90, April 1990
How to Cite
Grumbles, T. G. (1990), An overview of exposures and exposure control in the ethylene oxide producer and ethoxylation industries. Plant/Oper. Prog., 9: 87–90. doi: 10.1002/prsb.720090206
- Issue published online: 17 JUN 2004
- Article first published online: 17 JUN 2004
This paper presents the results of an industry survey that was sponsored by the Ethylene Oxide Industry Council (EOIC). The EOIC operates as a special program of the Chemical Manufacturers Association. The members of EOIC account for over 85 percent of domestic production of EtO and cover a broad range of EtO users, including ethoxylators and sterilizers. The survey was done to collect current information in anticipation of responding to a proposed OSHA rulemaking for a short-term exposure limit for EtO. Specifically, the study was designed to collect information on the following:
- 1.History of the establishment of company EtO exposure guidelines.
- 2.Current EtO workplace exposure monitoring practices, capabilities and methods.
- 3.Current workplace exposure levels: Eight hour and short-term.
- 4.Engineering control, respirator, and ancillary costs for compliance with the 1.0 Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) and projected costs for compliance with a 5.0 ppm or 10.0 ppm Short–term Exposure Limit (STEL).