Huntington Beach, CA, March 9th, 2018
Acetone is a fairly common chemical and its use is widespread in homes and businesses throughout California. In residential settings, people can be exposed to acetone by using nail polish remover, household cleaners, paints, adhesives, rubber cement, particle board or other products that contain it. In occupational settings, workers may be exposed if they are employed at a facility that manufactures paints, plastics, chemicals, artificial fibers and even shoes. Employees could also come in contact with acetone if they work with solvents, paints, glues and commercial cleaning products.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, exposure to high levels of acetone can cause death, coma, unconsciousness, seizures and respiratory distress. It can also damage a person’s kidneys, skin and eyes. Breathing moderate-to-high levels for short periods of time can cause nose, throat, lung and eye irritation. It can also cause intoxication, headaches, fatigue, stupor, light-headedness, dizziness, confusion, increased pulse rate, nausea, vomiting and other conditions.
“The fact that acetone evaporates so easily makes it a potential inhalation concern in a number of occupations where workers may be exposed,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “People can come into contact with acetone by breathing it, ingesting it or absorbing it through their skin. It has even been found in over a third of the National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so people living near one of these hazardous waste sites could be at risk of exposure.”
To protect workers in California, there is a permissible exposure limit (PEL) for acetone that employers must adhere to or face potentially severe noncompliance penalties from Cal/OSHA. To help prevent and identify exposure risks, LA Testing offers environmental and occupational testing services for it and a wide range of other chemicals. The laboratory specialists have also sponsored an educational video about acetone and potential exposure risks that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/nULPaHSSh7M.
To learn more about acetone testing or other air quality, occupational, environmental, health and safety services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC Elite, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.