Walk-through survey report: control technology for fermentation processes at Miles Laboratories, Incorporated, Elkhart, Indiana.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CT 116-16a, 1984 Mar; :1-12
A walk through survey to assess control technology at the enzyme production facility of Miles Laboratories, Incorporated (SIC-2869), Elkhart, Indiana, was conducted in July 1983. The enzyme production operation was essentially a closed system. Employee contact with the process, once the raw materials were deposited into individual containers, was minimal other than for equipment maintenance or manual broth sample extraction. The enclosed inoculation procedure ensured that a pure culture was delivered to the seed fermentors and also reduced the possibility of employee contact with the microbial biomass. The overall process technology was modern; most of the large scale process operations could be controlled or monitored by a computer system. The facility maintained a clean occupational environment and good work practices. Although the health program was maintained at the corporate level, the facility was in the process of developing a procedure for detecting trace quantities of enzymes in the ambient air. Preplacement and selected periodic medical evaluations were performed. Personal protective equipment was used when potentially hazardous operations were performed.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Survey; Control-technology; Field-Study; Chemical-manufacturing-industry; Industrial-processes; Industrial-engineering; Employee-exposure; Control-methods; Exposure-levels; Safety-practices; Region-5
Field Studies; Control Technology
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health