Peracetic Acid: Overview of the Chemistry, Uses, and Exposure Assessment Webinar Recording

Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

Earn 1.5 Contact Hours

Member $140 | Nonmember $175 | Student $25

Explore the current technical and regulatory issues associated with Peracetic acid (PAA), an organic compound commonly used as a disinfectant, sterilant, and sanitizer. This webinar will cover an overview of PAA, governmental involvement, health concerns, and scientific considerations.
This highly effective antimicrobial agent is used in various settings including hospital, poultry and food processing, and wastewater treatment. However, available toxicological data indicates that PAA is irritating to the respiratory tract and eyes. Numerous governmental agencies, including USEPA, NIOSH, OSHA, and FSIS, are currently investigating occupational or consumer health concerns of PAA.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  1. ​Describe the chemistry and uses of PAA
  2. Develop an understanding of the current toxicological and industrial hygiene issues associated with exposures to PAA
  3. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the sampling methods of PAA
  4. Analyze the basis of the workplace recommendations for PAA


Christine Knezevich Christine Knezevich is a certified industrial hygienist with 31 years of experience and a member of the AIHA Healthcare Working Group. Her work has spanned the chemical, specialty metals, food, and explosives industries. She is currently a senior industrial hygienist with the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

Steve Derman, FAIHA Mr. Derman, a practicing Industrial Hygienist, is recognized as an authority on occupational health, safety, OSHA standards, applications, and requirements. Mr. Derman has been a member & active participant of the CAL-OSHA Feasibility Advisory Committee (a division of the CAL-OSHA Standards Board) and an ongoing contributor to the CAL-OSHA Health Expert Advisory Committee (HEAC). With degrees in Occupational Health & Safety and Microbiology, Mr. Derman develops and implements best practices applications to risk management, health and safety program management, Joint Commission, and environmental programs. Steve interprets and implements regulatory requirements, and conducts numerous audits, inspections, surveys, and communication & training programs. Nationally and internationally, Steve has lectured on safety and health issues, hazardous materials management, infectious diseases, risk management & safety programs, as well as authoring numerous book chapters, papers, and other publications. Mr. Derman is the Past Chairman of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Exposure & Control Banding Committee as well as AIHA's Health Care Working Group. He is the Chairman of AIHA's Biosafety & Environmental Microbiology Committee and is Past President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association's Northern California Section.

Scott Dotson Dr. Dotson is a Managing Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk. His principal areas of training and expertise include toxicology, industrial hygiene, risk assessment, and occupational health. He has experience characterizing exposures and risks associated with workplace exposures to a wide range of chemicals such as asbestos, organic and inorganic compounds, pesticides, and metals. Prior to joining Cardno ChemRisk, Dr. Dotson was employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a health scientist for over 10 years. His research efforts and responsibilities focused on critically evaluating occupational hazards and developing appropriate guidelines used to establish NIOSH policies, scientific-decision making strategies, and recommendations.

Laura Parker Laura Parker has more than 20 years of experience in the HSE Laboratory, managing client accounts and counseling on the appropriate use of industrial hygiene (IH) sampling methods. After two years of bench analysis, she joined the client services group and then managed that department for 18 years. She has experience with a broad cross-section of clients, including independent practitioners, larger consulting and industrial companies, and the government sector. Her skills include account management, proposal writing, training presentations, laboratory accreditation, and data quality. Her BSc is in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan. Laura volunteered for the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Program (AIHA-LAP) for 8 years, chaired the Analytical Accreditation Board (AAB) in 2008, and serves on their Policy Task Force. Her experience of working with IH laboratory professionals and global clients provides a unique perspective on the profession.

Kevin Dunn​​​​ Kevin Dunn is a mechanical engineer and a certified industrial hygienist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Science in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Since joining NIOSH, Dr. Dunn has been investigating ways to control worker exposure to air contaminants across a broad range of industries and applications. He has published research on controlling carbon monoxide exposure from gasoline-powered engines, controlling exposure to refractory ceramic fibers during machining, assessing wildland firefighter exposures, and evaluating airflows and potential for disease transmission in commercial aircraft cabins. He is currently working on developing and evaluating exposure control approaches for nanotechnology.​

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