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Residents of Puerto Rico Advised of Work-Related Asthma and Exposures to Cleaning Products and Disinfectants

Zimmetry Environmental provides indoor environmental testing and consulting services to identify and mitigate asthma triggers and respiratory irritants.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico – WEBWIRE

It is well-known that occupational exposures to cleaning products and disinfectants have been linked to work-related asthma.

Work-related asthma, also known as occupational asthma, is described by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a lung disease caused or made worse by exposures to substances in the workplace. Common workplace exposures that can cause the condition include contact with various chemicals, dust, mold, animals and plants.
With work-related asthma, an employee’s asthma symptoms may start at work or within several hours after leaving work and may occur with no clear pattern. Workers who never had asthma before can develop asthma due to workplace exposures and those who have had asthma for years may find that their condition worsens due to workplace exposures.
“It is well-known that occupational exposures to cleaning products and disinfectants have been linked to work-related asthma,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “The Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health has published information on this specific topic for employers and employees. The agency’s Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program reports that it has found that nearly 10% of all work-related asthma cases were caused by exposures to cleaning products. Most of these cases had new asthma that started only after they began work. About one in five people used cleaning products directly, such as janitors. The other 80% of workers attributed their asthma symptoms to cleaning products used nearby. After all of the recent hurricane damage and subsequent cleanup and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean, preventing needless exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants is especially important and relevant right now.”
Helping companies and institutions identify and resolve environmental asthma triggers in the workplace are the indoor air quality (IAQ) and building science professionals at Zimmetry Environmental. Their experts can test for a wide range of chemical and microbial asthma triggers and respiratory irritants and help to eliminate or mitigate any exposure risks that may be identified. Zimmetry has even sponsored an educational video about work-related asthma and exposure to cleaning products and disinfectants that can be seen at:
To learn more about Zimmetry’s asthma trigger, indoor air quality, environmental, and compliance testing and consulting services, please visit, call (787) 995.0005 or email .
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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