According a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Sector Notebook Project publication on the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical products are manufactured through a variety of process steps, typically by chemical synthesis, fermentation, isolation/recovery from natural sources, or a combination of these processes. Most employ batch processes, where a particular pharmaceutical substance is made over several days or several months, until sufficient material is manufactured to meet demand. Water is essential to the industry – sometimes a critical ingredient in the pharmaceutical product, and most often an integral part of the manufacturing process. Phosgene is also used extensively by the industry as a chemical intermediate used in the synthesis of pharmaceutical products. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, phosgene is extremely toxic. In fact, it has a nefarious history; it was combined with chlorine and used as a chemical warfare agent against the British in during WWI, and responsible for a large percentage of chemical-warfare deaths. Workplace exposure may occur during handling and use, typically in the ambient air from direct industrial emissions. The industry receives extensive regulatory oversight to ensure the integrity of its manufacturing processes and the safety and quality of its products, as well as to ensure the health and safety of workers and the public from exposure to dangerous substances.
From assuring the quality of process water by real-time monitoring of the filtered-water process, to worker safety, environmental compliance monitoring and reporting – Galvanic systems deliver the utmost in ease-of-operation, precise measurements, consistent, field-proven performance and value.
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