May 8, 2020 — A nurse in Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against a Kaiser hospital after she suffered health problems due to OxyCide Daily Disinfectant Cleaner.
OxyCide is a powerful chemical that is known to cause serious irritation to the nose, eyes, lungs, and throat when it is inhaled.
Even so, Kaiser ordered employees to use spray-bottles to disinfect gowns and goggles, which released toxic vapors into the air, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit was filed by a nurse who began working at a Kaiser medical center in Los Angeles, California, in February 2020.
Two weeks after she started working, the hospital began using OxyCide throughout its facilities and she was exposed to OxyCide every day.
Shortly afterward, she claims she started having symptoms like difficulty breathing, headaches, nausea, and a sore throat.
Even after plaintiff’s shift ended, her symptoms would linger throughout the night and would only subside after a few days away from OxyCide.”
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) investigated OxyCide’s side effects on workers at several hospitals in Pennsylvania. NIOSH warned against using OxyCide in spray-bottles because it creates unnecessary vapors.
The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Ecolab Inc., the Minnesota-based manufacturer of OxyCide, as well as
The Permanente Medical Group and other Kaiser entities.
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