Eating in Prohibited Areas
Some workplaces have materials that can pose a hazard by ingestion. These can include manganese, lead, hexavalent chromium and others. Materials that get on your hands often wind up being ingested. This can contribute to overall exposure the same as breathing in the material.
Steps should be taken ensure that workers do not eat or drink on the shop floor and that the lunchroom is clean. General housekeeping of work surfaces can also make a big difference. This module provides information and standards for testing lunch rooms for possible ingestion hazards.
- Background Information
- Typical Ingestion Hazards
- Activities that Lead to Exposure through Ingestion
- Housekeeping in Work Areas
- Best Practices for Eating Areas
- Proper Handwashing Technique
- How to Test for Surface Contamination
- Surface Contamination Standards
- Effectivness of Controlling Ingestion through Education
- Real Life Case Study
- Ventilation Requirements for Lunchrooms
- Need help with a possible ingestion issue?