Friday, June 8, 2012

Receipts as an occupational hazard

BPA or chemical alternatives can
leach from thermal sales receipts.
Workers handling a lot of paper receipts may be exposed to endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A (BPA) or its structurally related alternative BPS.

Recent research and growing awareness about the possible harmful effects of BPA exposure have pushed many manufacturers to produce BPA-free products.

But researchers caution that the typical replacement BPS may pose a similar exposure threat.

In a recent study, researchers found that paper products with a BPA alternative could expose workers to just as many chemical compounds as before and that toxicology research into the BPA alternative is urgently needed.

Sales receipts can be a big source of exposure to BPA because manufacturers use it to help develop ink. Workers and clients handling the receipts can readily absorb BPA through the skin, experts say.

However, studies (mostly on animals) have shown that BPA is an endocrine disruptor that can cause many health problems, including obesity and cancer.

The BPA alternative BPS has similar endocrine-disrupting functions, the researchers warn.

Source: Chemical & Engineering News

Air cleaners for airborne pollutants

Occupational health and safety hazards can lurk almost anywhere - not only on paper receipts, but also in the very air we breathe.

Indoor environments can be contaminated by airborne chemicals, gases, volatile organic compounds, fumes, odors, particles, dust, allergens, bacteria, viruses, mold and more.

A portable and powerful air cleaner with the right filters can address these indoor air quality issues and help provide cleaner and healthier air.

Electrocorp has developed a range of portable and versatile air cleaners with activated carbon and HEPA as well as optional UV germicidal filtration, which clean the air around the clock.

Electrocorp's air cleaning solutions help protect workers in a variety of industrial and commercial applications.

Contact Electrocorp for more information and options.

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