Here’s What You Should Know if You Work in a Hospital or Lab
EcoLab’s OxyCide™ cleaning products are being used in more than 500 hospitals nationwide. Over the past 6 years, it is alleged that the cleaning products have caused a variety of harmful symptoms among those who were regularly exposed. OxyCide™ is meant to kill spores and viruses including Clostridium difficile. EcoLab marketed the cleaning solution as a safe way for hospitals to cut down on the costly bacteria. However, it has come with many negative side effects for those who are regularly exposed to it.
We have filed a lawsuit alleging EcoLab willfully concealed information regarding the hazards of OxyCide™ exposure, resulting in serious injuries among many hospital staff who came into contact with the product.
Did Your Workplace Use OxyCide™?
OxyCide™ is made with active ingredients hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid, and peracetic acid (also known as peroxyacetic acid, or PAA). PAA is a known irritant that can cause symptoms in as little as 15 minutes even in concentrations as low as 0.5 ppm. Those who use OxyCide™ to clean or who work in poorly ventilated areas cleaned with OxyCide may be exposed for much longer periods of time.
Despite that, EcoLab is alleged to have failed to test long-term exposure to PAA or to consider its effects when combined with acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. They also are alleged to have concealed the results of internal tests that showed subjects experiencing side effects. Ecolab’s marketing and product materials led consumers to believe that the product had been fully tested and was safe for daily use with a low incidence of side effects.
In fact, the product is alleged to have caused many painful and serious injuries, some irreversible, among those who were exposed to it daily. When hospital workers began to report their health concerns, EcoLab allegedly ignored them in favor of continuing to push their product to healthcare providers.
Symptoms to Watch For
PAA can affect the body in numerous ways. If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, or similar complaints that seem to be related to use of and/or proximity to OxyCide™, you may be eligible to receive compensation from EcoLab.
- Burning eyes
- Burning nose and nose bleeds
- Allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
- Burning or sore throat
- Burning in lungs
- Sores inside of nose and mouth
- Chemical burns in throat
- Coughing and/or wheezing
- Difficulty breathing and/or shortness of breath
- Tightness in chest
- Asthma attack or development of asthma
- Vocal cord dysfunction (including changes to or loss of voice)
- Vocal cord stridor (noise when inhaling and/or exhaling)
- Numbness of limbs
- Skin burns and rashes
- Difficulty sleeping
Anyone with one or more of the above concerns should see a doctor for treatment. We recommend you hold on to any related medical bills, as well as notes or directions from your care professionals. Both may be important in proving your case against EcoLab.
Third-Party Tests Have Confirmed Employee Complaints
Employees from many hospitals across the U.S. have filed grievances with the government regarding their experiences with exposure to OxyCide™. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conducted an investigation in a Pittsburgh hospital and found links between exposure to OxyCide™ and symptoms, including those listed above. They recommended employee exposure be limited to decrease these risks.
You Are Not Alone—and We Are Here to Help
If you started experiencing symptoms after exposure to OxyCide™, you deserve the chance to make a claim against EcoLab. Their alleged choice to put profits over your safety had consequences for you. It should have consequences for them as well.
We are filing a class-action lawsuit against EcoLab for their allegedly negligent and fraudulent actions. Do you have a story to share? You and others like you now have the chance to ask for justice.
Call McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP at (909) 345-8110 or reach out online if you have complaints against EcoLab. We are fighting for you.