Practical guide to industrial safety by Nicholas P Cheremisinoff

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All these antipollution measures have helped stem the increase of global pollution emission levels. Between 1970, when the Clean Air Act was passed, and 1995, total emissions of the major air pollutants in the United States decreased by nearly 30 percent. S. population increased 28 percent and vehicle miles traveled increased 116 percent. Air pollution control is a race between the reduction of pollution from each source, such as a factory or a car, and the rapid multiplication of sources. Smog in American cities is expected to increase again as the number of cars and miles driven continues to rise.

HAZARDS IN THE CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRIES 35 the pH scale. The lower the pH, the greater the acidity of a solution. Just because an acid is weak does not mean that it can't be harmful. For example, HF, hydrofluoric acid, is a weak acid. but over the course of hours it migrates to the bones in your fingers and then begins to dissolve them from the inside out (a painful process; amputation can be required). Some common properties of acids are: (1) They have a sour taste. For example, citric acid in lemons and vinegar are both sour; (2) They can react with metals such as magnesium, zinc or iron to corrode them and produce explosive hydrogen gas.

3, 1984, the worst industrial accident in history occurred there when a toxic gas leak from a Union Carbide insecticide plant killed over 6,400 people and seriously injured 30,000 to 40,000. The Indian government sued on behalf of over 500,000 victims and in 1989 settled for $470 million in damages and exempted company employees from criminal prosecution. The Indian judiciary rejected that exemption in 1991, and the company's Indian assets were seized (1992) after its officials failed to appear to face charges.

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