Enzymes at work

Chi Wai Kan, C. W M Yuen

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5 Citations (Scopus)


The application of enzymes in textile practice requires a careful investigation of the possible protein-textile chemical interactions in textile wet processing. The production of 'aged' denim garments with cellulases is the most successful enzymatic process that has emerged in the textile industry. Enzymes can be safely handled by using safe product design, engineering controls, safe work practices, and appropriate personal protective equipment. Skin and eye contact with proteolytic enzymes may cause irritation, so it is important to consult each product material safety data sheet (MSDS) for safety precautions. The goal of an enzyme safety program is to maintain employee exposures below a level that could cause an adverse health effect. A medial surveillance program, which usually comprises of a medical history and examination of employees and pulmonary function tests, can also provide early detection of potential health problems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationTextile Asia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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