Cinnaminson, NJ, March 14th, 2018
Earlier this year, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published information about occupational exposure to bisphenol A (BPA). Bisphenol A is used in the production of polycarbonate plastics, epoxy resins, phenolic resins and some specialty waxes found in industrial applications, consumer products and some food packaging. Exposure is a concern because BPA may mimic some of the hormone-effects of estrogen, reports NIOSH.
For most people, their primary source of exposure to BPA is through their diet, but workers who manufacture products that contain BPA can also be at risk of exposure. Back in 2013 and 2014, NIOSH undertook a study to measure BPA exposure in U.S. manufacturing workers. The agency reports, “The NIOSH study included six companies that either made BPA, BPA-based resins, or made and used BPA-filled waxes. A total of 78 workers participated in the study. Over two consecutive work days, each participant provided seven urine samples. BPA was measured in the samples. On average, workers in the NIOSH study had BPA levels in their urine approximately 70 times higher than adults in the U.S. general population (based on data from the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a representative sample of the U.S general population).
“Workers in this study were likely exposed to BPA primarily through inhalation and dermal exposure,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “This research is concerning for tens of thousands of workers who come into contact with BPA on a daily basis. In the U.S., there currently is no occupational exposure limit for BPA, but, back in 2013, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added BPA to the list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause reproductive toxicity for purposes of Proposition 65.”
One company that has been at the forefront of testing for BPA to prevent exposures is EMSL Analytical, Inc. EMSL scientists test for BPA to help identify occupational and environmental exposure risks as well as testing food and beverage packaging for its presence. EMSL has even sponsored an educational video about BPA that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/6qNgoBQxbBQ.
To learn more about testing for BPA, please visit www.EMSL.com or www.FoodTestingLab.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
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