Diacetyl is a common chemical that occurs naturally or is an added ingredient in many foods. There has been a national focus on the use of diacetyl in flavorings with many investigations conducted by NIOSH. It is suspected of causing or being a contributor to the development of lung disease. California is the first state to implement workplace regulations directed at controlling exposures of workers to diacetyl containing materials (<1% diacetyl by weight).
California’s new standard, section 5197 of the California Code of Regulations, requires employers covered by the standard to create a regulated area for each process using diacetyl, unless the process meets Cal/OSHA’s definition of “enclosed”. The regulations also require that a certified industrial hygienist or professional engineer review the diacetyl management program and issue a written opinion. These regulations are complex and include requirements for creating a written diacetyl control program, initial and periodic monitoring of exposure levels, and providing personal protective equipment, respirators, training, and medical surveillance, all at no cost to employees.
EH&E has been on the forefront of diacetyl exposure studies since 2004, and has recognized subject experts on staff. EH&E is unique due to its expertise in health and safety management systems as well as its widely recognized reputation in exposure assessment and engineering controls to minimize exposure. EH&E can help companies address all requirements of the new diacetyl standard including:
- Initial workplace audit and exposure assessment with expert data interpretation.
- Creating a tailored exposure control plan for your operations.
- Annual testing plan that meet the requirements but minimize costs.
- Creation of an exposure log for identified regulated areas.
- Creation of a medical surveillance plan when appropriate.
- Creation of a customized respiratory protection program.
For more information on how EH&E can help your company meet diacetyl regulations, email us at email@example.com or call 1-800-825-5343.