Occupational Exposure Risks to Hydrazine and Other Industrial Chemicals in Puerto Rico
Zimmetry Environmental provides testing, monitoring and consulting services to identify and mitigate chemical exposure hazards in the workplace.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico, August 30th, 2021 -- The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) describes hydrazines as clear, colorless liquids with an ammonia-like odor. There are numerous kinds of hydrazine compounds made for industry that are highly reactive and can easily catch fire.
Workers may be harmed from exposure to hydrazine reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The level of harm depends upon the dose, duration and work being done. ATSDR states that breathing hydrazines for short periods may cause coughing and irritation of the throat and lungs, convulsions, tremors or seizures. Breathing hydrazines for long periods may cause liver and kidney damage, as well as serious effects on reproductive organs. Eating or drinking small amounts of hydrazines may cause nausea, vomiting, uncontrolled shaking, inflammation of the nerves, drowsiness or coma. NIOSH also lists it as a potential occupational carcinogen.
Hydrazines are used in many industries, such as the manufacturing of rocket propellants and fuels for spacecraft. Other examples of workers potentially at risk of being exposed include:
· Workers who use it for boiler water treatments to protect against corrosion
· Industrial workers who use it as a chemical reactant
· Researchers who explore cancer treatments
· Agricultural workers who use it in pesticides
“To protect workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for hydrazine and NIOSH has a Recommended Exposure Limit (REL),” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Companies and institutions in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean that utilize hydrazines can turn to the industrial hygiene professionals at Zimmetry for testing, monitoring and consulting services to identify and mitigate exposure risks for it and many other industrial chemicals.”
Zimmetry also recently sponsored an educational video about hydrazine and potential occupational exposure risks that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/uG3pT3WqNxI
To learn more about Zimmetry’s industrial hygiene, environmental, air quality, compliance and consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email email@example.com.
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.