Can the safety committee survey breweries to gather some actual air sampling results? While each brewery certainly has unique conditions, benchmarking this data may provide significant value to BA members. Especially, if there are some breweries who can share experiences of reducing high exposure limits successfully.
The Safety Exchange Says: Thanks for your interest in permissible exposure limits (PELs) and your idea about benchmarking typical grain dust and DE exposures. We can assure you that some situations our Safety Subcommittee members have measured exceed the PELs for grain dust and DE, while others fall comfortably below the PELs.
Our experience in conducting workplace measurements has shown us that no two workplace exposures are the same. It’s hard enough to duplicate measurements of the same worker doing the same task at the same workplace! The only way to know for sure is to have an expert conduct air monitoring.