Like many initiatives focused on public and community health, the study strives to provide scientifically rigorous information that can help guide public policy. Industries that use ethylene oxide are often important contributors to local economies, and provide essential sterilization services for medical devices. Without hard data on the presence of ethylene oxide in the air, however, policymakers and communities may not be aware of the need to increase regulations to keep dangerous levels of ethylene oxide out of Utah’s air. This study will provide that vital information, giving city planners and industry leaders the knowledge they need to continue their work in a way that maintains the safety of both industry workers and their surrounding communities.
Jan 27, 2022