Webinar to Explain Occupational Exposures during Water Pipe Repair Activities

Published October 4, 2017

A free webinar taking place tomorrow, Oct. 5, is intended to help health professionals better understand exposures for workers and residents associated with the cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) installation procedure, which is used to repair approximately 50 percent of the water pipes in the U.S. “Public Health Implications and Occupational Exposures during Water Pipe Repair Activities” will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. ET by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), Purdue University, and NIOSH. Presenters will discuss the results of a July 2017 Purdue University CIPP safety study, lessons learned from a NIOSH workplace health hazard evaluation, and options for health officials, agencies, companies, and workers to gain technical assistance regarding CIPP installation.

“Because raw chemicals are used and the plastic pipe is manufactured in the field, the CIPP installation process releases chemicals within the pipes being repaired as well as into the surrounding air,” NEHA explains. “Health officials have responded to building contamination incidents because CIPP chemicals have traveled through sewer pipes and air intake systems into nearby buildings.”

Tomorrow’s webinar will help attendees understand the installation processes and materials emitted, which include styrene and other chemicals. A NIOSH Science Blog post published last week provides more background in this topic.

AIHA member Ryan LeBouf, PhD, CIH, a senior service fellow with the Respiratory Health Division at NIOSH in Morgantown, W.Va., is one of six presenters for the webinar.

Learn more and register for the webinar via the event page.