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Request for case studies and stories connecting P2 and employee/public health

To all P2Techers:

The National Pollution Prevention Roundtable is interested in bringing more attention to the employee health and public health benefits resulting from P2 efforts. To better understand what has been accomplished and documented in this area the Roundtable is collecting success stories that highlight this connection. Please send me any relevant case studies, newsletter articles, grant reports, or other project reports. Thanks in advance. Some examples are below:
o switching to aqueous-based coatings at a wood furniture finishing operation results in significant reductions in HAPs and VOCs; HAP reductions result in less reported incidence of headaches, fatigue, nausea, and irritation of the upper respiratory tract; reductions in VOCs were quantified as reductions in ground-level ozone formation; ground-level ozone can adversely affect sensitive populations including those with asthma or other respiratory diseases.
o eliminating TCE use by switching to aqueous cleaning in metal parts degreasing; workers report "feeling better" (i.e. eliminated feelings of sleepiness, fatigue, headache, confusion, and feelings of euphoria resulting from TCE exposure); risk of long-term affects on kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal system, and the skin are mitigated. o implementing coolant management practices and in-process recycling equipment; issues with dermatitis and irritation of the upper respiratory tract eliminated; risk of Legionnaires disease eliminated.
o high rates of asthma in community lead to heightened sensitivity among community members of asthma triggers; community complaints about odors from auto body shops result in an NOV for painting cars outside; referral to P2 program results in switching to HVLP guns and spray operator training, which translates into VOC reductions; reduced incidence in asthma events noted over time.

Cindy McComas

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
University of Minnesota
612/624-4678, 800/247-0015

Helping Minnesota businesses maximize resource efficiency, prevent pollution and reduce costs.

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