Dust emission rates from food processing

Steven Lacey, Lorraine M. Conroy, Todd M. Schoonover, John E. Franke, Donald R. Hedeker, Linda S. Forst

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Abstract

A field study was performed to develop emission rates for dust exposure at a food processing facility. Eight 2-hour periods were monitored over 2 days. Area total suspended particulate samples were collected on 37 mm polyvinyl chloride filters with 5 μm pore size according to NIOSH Method 0500. Filters were analyzed gravimetrically. Ventilation and production activity data were collected during air sampling. Two mass balance models were used to calculate emission rates. The first was an experimental mass balance model, with the mass of contaminant generated determined by air flow and concentration measurements at room exit and entry points. The second treated the work environment as a completely mixed space, utilizing ventilation and area concentration measurements. Emission rates generated from mass balance models ranged from 2.09-542 mg/min for the various processing operations and food products. Process emission rates with production activity data allow estimation of dust exposure in similar facilities, and help direct development of exposure control strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
Volume13
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Food Handling
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Dust
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Polyvinyl Chloride
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food processing plants
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air sampling
Pore size
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working conditions
air flow

Keywords

  • Emission rates
  • Exposure assessment modeling
  • Food dust
  • Food processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Lacey, S., Conroy, L. M., Schoonover, T. M., Franke, J. E., Hedeker, D. R., & Forst, L. S. (2006). Dust emission rates from food processing. Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, 13(2), 251-257.

Dust emission rates from food processing. / Lacey, Steven; Conroy, Lorraine M.; Schoonover, Todd M.; Franke, John E.; Hedeker, Donald R.; Forst, Linda S.

In: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 2, 01.12.2006, p. 251-257.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lacey, S, Conroy, LM, Schoonover, TM, Franke, JE, Hedeker, DR & Forst, LS 2006, 'Dust emission rates from food processing', Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 251-257.
Lacey S, Conroy LM, Schoonover TM, Franke JE, Hedeker DR, Forst LS. Dust emission rates from food processing. Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine. 2006 Dec 1;13(2):251-257.
Lacey, Steven ; Conroy, Lorraine M. ; Schoonover, Todd M. ; Franke, John E. ; Hedeker, Donald R. ; Forst, Linda S. / Dust emission rates from food processing. In: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine. 2006 ; Vol. 13, No. 2. pp. 251-257.
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