Today, at work, I found out that before eggs are cracked by a machine and filled into jugs to produce liquid eggs, the eggs are sprayed with a mixture of water an 0.01% chlorine, for sanitisation purposes. This might seem strange, but it’s actually a food safety requirement.
Other stuff I encountered when I visited facilities using chemicals:
- Folks who’ve worked at the facility for 20 years are less likely to listen when you advise them to use a respiratory mask so that they don’t inhale toxic fumes. Their justification? “I’ve worked here for 20 years, haven’t used a respiratory mask that entire time, and I’m still alive!”
- Workers like to use mineral water/ soda bottles to store thinner, which is colourless like water. A previous client had an incident when one of their workers accidentally drank thinner, thinking it was bottled water.
- The process of conducting maintenance in oil pipelines is called “pigging”, I always imagine that it’s a cute little pink pig being launched into the pipeline but the actual “pig” (see picture below from Wikipedia) isn’t cute at all.
Note: “X” stumped me, hence the short post (also partially due to memory loss pertaining to chemical-related encounters during work) and lateness 🙂