Methods for Monitoring in the Environment
Methods for Monitoring Human Exposure
Safeguards Against Acrylamide Exposure
Primary Sources of Data
Absorption, Distribution and Metabolism
Primary Sites for Toxicity
Mechanism of Action
Risk Assessment and Management
Introduction to Policy
Decision Makers and Stakeholders
SAFEGUARDS AGAINST ACRYLAMIDE EXPOSURE
Based on the information presented in the Fate and Transport of acrylamide, it is clear that in a completely homeostatic environment, acrylamides residency in the natural environment is minimal. Certain regional variables may however affect and in some cases delay the break down of inert polyacylamide to acrylamide.
Strategies for Prevention
Acrylamides most dangerous pathway to humans is in its aqueous state. The EPA has set Maximum Contaminant Levels established for public water treatment to 0.05ppb. In the event of a release above this level, notification to the public and alternate water supplies are provided.
Carbohydrate based foods containing asparagines when combined with certain sugars have been shown to produce acrylamide. Cereals in particular have higher than recommended levels of acrylamide.
Industry has made attempts to reduce acrylamide levels by changing processing and production methods as well as analytical methods for detection.
Individuals employed in facilitys that actively produce acrylamide or polyacrylamide should take an active stance in personal protection from these volatile compounds. Aerosolized powdered acrylamide may commonly occur in the polymerization process and should be safeguarded against by wearing an appropriate respirator.