Huntington Beach, CA, January 20th, 2022
Last month, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added methyl acrylate to the list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer for purposes of Proposition 65. The basis for the listing was previously described in a public notice published back in June of 2021.
Methyl acrylate is an organic compound that is mainly produced to make acrylate fiber, which is used to weave synthetic carpets according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is also a reagent in the synthesis of various pharmaceutical intermediates.
Routes of potential exposure listed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) include inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion, skin and/or eye contact. In addition to cancer concerns, exposure can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, and upper respiratory system.
“With methyl acrylate added to the Prop 65 list, businesses must now provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to this chemical compound in the products that they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “To protect workers in industries that utilize methyl acrylate, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) and NIOSH has a Recommended Exposure Limit (REL).”
Helping California businesses and institutions test and monitor for exposure risks to regulated chemicals are the industrial hygiene, environmental, and material testing experts at LA Testing. They provide laboratory services, sampling supplies and monitoring instruments to protect workers and consumers, and to help businesses comply with health and safety regulations.
To learn more about testing for methyl acrylate or other industrial hygiene, material, environmental, health and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash, and smoke damage, particulates, and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health, and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego, and Ontario.