Original Date: 03/17/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Engineering Controls
Polaroid’s philosophy emphasizes minimal exposure of chemical hazards to its employees through engineering controls. Engineering controls are employed to reduce worker exposure limits to well below regulatory limits. However, in those cases where employees cannot be completely protected through engineering control methods, personal protection equipment is then used.
Polaroid developed state-of-the-art engineering controls to reduce chemical hazard exposure of its employees. Dust and fumes are vented out of the working area, and solvent emissions are sent to either a vapor recovery system or a thermal destruction pollution control device. These practices reduced worker exposure in the chemical facilities by 98%. In addition, the facility’s layout places the tank farm and hazardous waste storage at a remote distance from the process and administration areas. Table 2-1 describes the engineering control features used in the Chemicals Manufacturing Plant.
Polaroid has a proactive approach to employee protection. This approach provides a better working environment for the employees and produces an overall high rating in employee satisfaction.
Table 2-1. Chemicals Manufacturing Plant
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