Companies in Puerto Rico Learn the Importance of Eyewash Station Maintenance and Monitoring
Zimmetry Environmental provides industrial hygiene services and eyewash station monitoring to protect workers from exposure to microbial pathogens.
Eyewash stations require proper maintenance or they may present health hazards that can worsen or cause additional damage to a worker’s eye.
Many industries in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean are required to install and maintain eyewash stations for their employees’ wellbeing. These eyewash stations are an important component of the occupational health and safety of workers and can be instrumental for mitigating eye injuries.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) reports that work-related eye injuries cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation. Eyewash stations, whether permanently connected to a source of potable water or having self-contained flushing fluid, can help save workers’ eyesight and reduce costs associated with incidents. However, eyewash stations require proper maintenance or they may present health hazards that can worsen or cause additional damage to a worker’s eye. According to OSHA, water found in improperly maintained eyewash stations is more likely to contain microorganisms that thrive in stagnant or untreated water and are known to cause infections.
“If a worker uses an eyewash station that is not maintained, organisms that could be in the water can come into contact with the eyes, skin or may even be inhaled,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Workers using eyewash stations after exposure to a hazardous chemical or material may have eye injuries that make the eye more susceptible to infection. Also, workers with skin damage or compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of developing illnesses from contaminated water. A partial list of microorganisms that OSHA reports could contaminant an improperly maintained eyewash station include: Acanthamoeba, Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”
Zimmetry Environmental offers eyewash station monitoring and microbial pathogen testing services in conjunction with a wide range of other industrial hygiene and occupational, health and safety services. They also recently sponsored an educational video about eyewash stations and potential microbial risks from improper maintenance that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/Nb9XdcO1cZk
To learn more about Zimmetry’s microbial testing and monitoring services or other industrial hygiene, air quality, environmental, and compliance testing or consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.
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