Exposure Monitoring

Multiple Locations – Tier 1 Automotive Seat Manufacturer

SES personnel conducted air monitoring for an automotive seat manufacturer with facilities throughout the United States and Canada.

A qualitative sampling plan was developed for each facility based on manufacturing process and facility needs.  Examples of agents of concern included metal dust and fume, total and respirable particulates, synthetic vitreous fiber, organic vapors, formaldehyde, isocyanates (TDI, MDI, HDI, IPDI), methylene chloride, occupational noise, and illumination. 

Exposure monitoring was conducted following the aforementioned scope, and recommendations for improvement were reported to both local plant representatives and corporate health and safety managers.  Reductions in managerial costs and in company-wide lost-time illnesses were credited to the use of this proactive sampling approach.

National Popcorn Manufacturer and International Distributor

A National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) indicated that workers exposed to diacetyl in butter flavorings used in the popcorn manufacturing industry could develop respiratory damage and decreased lung function. A national popcorn manufacturer was prompted by these findings to change a key ingredient in their process.

SES personnel conducted quarterly air monitoring to identify and document changes in exposure between diacetyl and the alternative ingredient.  Processes were subdivided into relative low, moderate and high exposure groups based on potential for exposures to the flavor vapors.  Personal exposure and area concentration data were evaluated throughout the facilities.  The company has since used this exposure data as an instrument in lowering insurance premiums, and to promote a safe and healthy workplace.