Garden Grove, CA, October 3rd, 2011
In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. This list includes glycidaldehyde, a colorless liquid used to make other chemicals and in the processing of wool and leather.
According to NOAA’s CAMEO chemical list, “Glycidaldehyde is an epoxide and an aldehyde. Aldehydes are frequently involved in self-condensation or polymerization reactions. These reactions are exothermic; they are often catalyzed by acid. Aldehydes are readily oxidized to give carboxylic acids. Flammable and/or toxic gases are generated by the combination of aldehydes with azo, diazo compounds, dithiocarbamates, nitrides, and strong reducing agents.”
Glycidaldehyde is extremely flammable and has a flashpoint near 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Contact with this chemical is most likely to occur in industrial settings. Acute health effects may include burning and irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Higher exposures may result in a build-up of fluids in the lungs known as pulmonary edema. In addition to possible carcinogenic effects due to prolonged exposure, there may also be damage to the liver and kidneys as well as nervous system.
“For workers exposed to this dangerous chemical it is essential that they use personal protective equipment or PPE,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc., a leading indoor air quality (IAQ) and industrial hygiene testing laboratory. “Indoor environmental testing can help determine if exposure is occurring and at what levels,” he continued.
LA Testing provides services to test for glycidaldehyde and other potentially toxic materials. To learn more about Proposition 65 testing services please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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