EcoLab, Inc. marketed OxyCide™ Daily Disinfectant Cleaner and OxyCide™ Dilution Management System to hospitals with the promise of reducing costs related to Clostridium difficile (C. Diff.) infections. They represented the product as a safe alternative to other cleaners despite reports of side effects. Instead of recalling the product or releasing updated safety guidelines, EcoLab allegedly concealed data from internal tests and ignored multiple consumer complaints.
If you worked in a hospital or lab that used EcoLab’s OxyCide™ products and your health has suffered, you deserve answers and justice. McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP is fighting for healthcare workers nationwide who were exposed to this allegedly dangerous product. If your injuries were significant, you could be able to join our class action lawsuit or work with us to file an individual lawsuit and we will do all we can for you to attempt to receive compensation for your injuries. You only pay attorney fees if we win and obtain compensation for you.
Call our firm at (909) 345-8110 to share how OxyCide™ has affected you.
How Is OxyCide™ Dangerous?
The active ingredients in OxyCide™ are hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid, and peracetic acid (also known as peroxyacetic acid, and referred to hereafter as PAA), which is formed by combining the two preceding chemicals. PAA is a known toxin that causes serious symptoms even at low exposure levels.
EcoLab allegedly knew PAA could be dangerous upon exposure and warned their product could irritate the throat, lungs, and nose. They did not adequately recommend any safety measures including the monitoring of enclosed spaces to ensure no one was exposed to high amounts; nor did they adequately warn of the the severity and frequency of side effects or advise the use of protective gear to keep workers safe. By allegedly concealing dangers they found during product testing, EcoLab knowingly put consumers at risk of developing serious, sometimes irreversible, medical conditions.
Government Investigations Documented Risks
When reports of injury related to OxyCide™ products started to surface, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) launched an investigation in a Pennsylvania hospital. They concluded exposure to the active ingredients in OxyCide™ was related to symptoms of irritation among many employees. The NIOSH report recommended the hospital do what it could to reduce employees’ exposure to the substance.
NIOSH also found that the OxyCide™ Dilution Management System did not live up to its promises. Though sold under the assumption that it would moderate the risks of using PAA as a cleaner while keeping potentially hazardous substances away from workers, product tests found its dilution methods unreliable. The system was supposed to increase the pH of OxyCide™ to 3.0, its recommended level for use, but in tests, it returned substances that measured between 3.1 and 7.5 of the pH scale.
Currently, government recommendations suggest exposure limits for “short-term” PAA use, which assumes exposure will last an average of 15 minutes. EcoLab used this established cap of 0.4 parts-per-million (ppm) to support their claims of OxyCide™’s safety. However, NIOSH noted they did not consider the potentially exacerbating properties of hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid in their safety evaluations. EcoLab also failed to test the symptoms of long-term exposure.
The illnesses employees have suffered after using OxyCide™ show that extended and/or repeated exposure may cause symptoms much worse than those who faced 15-minute exposure.
Symptoms You May Have
Multiple worker reports, along with a NIOSH survey, have uncovered a long list of symptoms related to OxyCide™ exposure. They include:
- Burning eyes
- Burning nose and nose bleeds
- Allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
- Burning or sore throat and lungs
- Chemical burns in throat
- Coughing and/or wheezing
- Vocal cord stridor (noise when inhaling and/or exhaling)
- Vocal cord dysfunction
- Difficulty breathing and/or shortness of breath
- Tightness in chest
- Asthma attack
- Dizziness and nausea
- Skin burns and rashes
Long-term exposure to PAA has been found to damage the liver and kidney and can cause pulmonary edema and circulatory problems.
What Kind of Help Could I Receive?
We are helping hospital employees who were exposed to OxyCide™ and experienced the above (or similar) side effects file a suit against EcoLab. Anyone who is covered by this case could receive the following.
We are asking the courts to make EcoLab responsible for the costs of any medical treatment you received and/or will need due to your OxyCide™ exposure.
Loss of Wages
If you have missed work for treatment or had to quit your job because of the difficulties caused by OxyCide™, EcoLab may have to compensate you upon a successful verdict or settlement.
Pain & Suffering
Many of the symptoms caused by OxyCide™ exposure caused extreme discomfort to those who were affected. In some cases, the damage (and pain) may not be treatable. We are asking EcoLab to compensate consumers for these injuries.
Because EcoLab allegedly concealed test results and, by the number of consumer reports, knew (or should have known) their product was dangerous, we believe they should be assessed punitive damages to underscore the weight of their wrongdoing. It is alleged in their quest to increase profits, they put the health and safety of thousands of hospital employees at risk. They should not be allowed to benefit from this wrongful behavior.
Do You Need Help After an OxyCide™ Exposure?
If you have become ill or impaired after continued exposure to OxyCide™, you may be eligible to join our lawsuit. We have already helped multiple employees bring a claim on behalf of all who were affected. We can work with you and your doctor to understand the harms you suffered due to PAA exposure and help you request compensation.
Your story could provide important evidence in our argument that EcoLab injured many unsuspecting consumers. Reach out to McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP online or call (909) 345-8110 to speak with our OxyCide™ exposure attorneys.