Home Health Best practices for environmental health : environmental pollution, protection, quality and sustainability
Small Chemical Plants
These produce a variety of solid, liquid, and airborne waste. Further chemicals that escape accidentally into the air increase the cost of the product as well as pose a threat to human health and the environment.
Best Practices for Small Chemical Plants
Surface Coating and Painting of Materials
Painting and coating is used to preserve and protect surfaces and products and for decoration of various materials including metal, wood, and plastics. Glue and adhesives are typically used in many of these operations to prepare the texture of the underlying surface. Frequently solvents are used to prepare the surfaces by cleaning them and removing unwanted previous material. Cleaning, painting, and coating can produce toxic air pollutants and VOCs.
Best Practices for Painting and Coating of Materials
Wood Furniture Manufacturing
Wood furniture manufacturing facilities include cabinet shops and plants that make residential and industrial furniture. Toxic air pollutants including toluene, xylene, methanol, and formaldehyde are released during the finishing, gluing, and cleaning operations. These chemicals can cause eye, nose, throat, and skin irritation, and damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Best Practices for Wood Furniture Manufacturing (See Guide Sheets for the Wood Furniture Manufacturing Industry, endnote 74.)
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