U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Announces Focus on Health Hazards of Microwave Popcorn Butter Flavorings Containing Diacetyl

24 Apr, 2007, 01:00 ET from Occupational Safety and Health Administration

    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of
 Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today
 announced that it is initiating a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to
 address the hazards and control measures associated with working in the
 microwave popcorn industry where butter flavorings containing diacetyl are
 used.
     "We recognize that there are potential occupational health hazards
 associated with butter flavorings containing diacetyl," said Assistant
 Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr.
 "Under this program, OSHA will target inspection resources to those
 workplaces where we anticipate the highest employee exposures to these
 hazards."
     The NEP applies to all workplaces where butter flavored microwave
 popcorn is being manufactured.
     In January of 2006, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
 Health (NIOSH) released an investigative report on a microwave popcorn
 production facility. Several employees from this facility were diagnosed
 with bronchiolitis obliterans -- a severe obstructive lung disease.
 Following a number of lung function tests and air sampling, NIOSH
 determined that inhalation exposure to butter flavoring chemicals is a risk
 for occupational lung disease. OSHA's National Emphasis Program will
 provide direction on inspection targeting and procedures, methods of
 controlling the hazard and compliance assistance.
     The 24 states and two U.S. territories that operate their own OSHA
 programs are encouraged, but not required, to adopt a similar emphasis
 program.
     Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are
 responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their
 employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's
 working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing
 training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and
 encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.
 For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
     U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at
 http://www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made
 available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc)
 from the COAST office upon request. Please specify which news release when
 placing your request at (202) 693-7828 or TTY (202) 693-7755. The Labor
 Department is committed to providing America's employers and employees with
 easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws
 and regulations. For more information, please visit
 http://www.dol.gov/compliance.
 
 

SOURCE Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of
 Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today
 announced that it is initiating a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to
 address the hazards and control measures associated with working in the
 microwave popcorn industry where butter flavorings containing diacetyl are
 used.
     "We recognize that there are potential occupational health hazards
 associated with butter flavorings containing diacetyl," said Assistant
 Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke Jr.
 "Under this program, OSHA will target inspection resources to those
 workplaces where we anticipate the highest employee exposures to these
 hazards."
     The NEP applies to all workplaces where butter flavored microwave
 popcorn is being manufactured.
     In January of 2006, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
 Health (NIOSH) released an investigative report on a microwave popcorn
 production facility. Several employees from this facility were diagnosed
 with bronchiolitis obliterans -- a severe obstructive lung disease.
 Following a number of lung function tests and air sampling, NIOSH
 determined that inhalation exposure to butter flavoring chemicals is a risk
 for occupational lung disease. OSHA's National Emphasis Program will
 provide direction on inspection targeting and procedures, methods of
 controlling the hazard and compliance assistance.
     The 24 states and two U.S. territories that operate their own OSHA
 programs are encouraged, but not required, to adopt a similar emphasis
 program.
     Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are
 responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their
 employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's
 working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing
 training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and
 encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.
 For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
     U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at
 http://www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made
 available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc)
 from the COAST office upon request. Please specify which news release when
 placing your request at (202) 693-7828 or TTY (202) 693-7755. The Labor
 Department is committed to providing America's employers and employees with
 easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws
 and regulations. For more information, please visit
 http://www.dol.gov/compliance.
 
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