183936 Panel/Update on Diacetyl (exposure resulting in "popcorn lung")

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rebecca Cohen, RN DrPH , Liaison from the American Industrial Hygiene Association to APHA, Baltimore, MD
Panel/Update on Diacetyl (exposure resulting in "popcorn lung"). It is used much more widely in the manufacture of food, not just in making popcorn. While the unions have forced Federal OSHA to start work on an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), California has already promulgated a Diacetyl Standard. In addition, previously exposed workers won the lawsuit they brought against the flavoring manufacturer, and were able to prove their damaged lungs were directly linked to their exposure. Exposure to diacetyl has gone well beyond popcorn. A CalOSHA inspector will present IH monitoring data from diacetyl collected in CA plants, as well as the regulatory considerations in promulgating an ETS; it may be possible to get an industry IH to talk about the H&S changes for CA workers with the standard in place, IE engineering controls -> respirators.

Learning Objectives:
Reognize/Identify industries and foods that contain Diacetyl and prevent exposure.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Have been presenting/arranging sessions since 1981.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.