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Zimmetry Environmental provides environmental and industrial hygiene testing, monitoring and consulting services to identify 2-butoxyethanol and other occupational exposure risks.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico, December 5th, 2022 — 2-Butoxyethanol is used in a number of industries, including as a solvent. It can be found in paint strippers, thinners and some household cleaners. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) describes the organic compound as a colorless liquid with a mild odor. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) reports it smells like ether and goes by many names.

Examples of some of the workers that NIOSH reports could be at risk of being exposed to 2-butoxyethanol include:

· Workers in silk-screening and printing occupations

Workers who make or refinish furniture

Workers who use spray paints

Employees exposed to certain household cleaners

Mechanics and others exposed to hydraulic fluids

Factory workers who manufacture certain cosmetics

“2-Butoxyethanol can harm the eyes, skin, kidneys and blood,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “ATSDR warns that breathing in large amounts of 2-butoxyethanol may result in irritation of the nose and eyes, headache and vomiting. For most workers, the main routes of exposure include breathing contaminated air and skin contact, with the level of exposure depending upon the dose, duration and work being done.”

To help protect workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) and NIOSH has a Recommended Exposure Limit (REL) for 2-butoxyethanol. Companies and institutions in Puerto Rico that utilize 2-butoxyethanol and other industrial chemicals can turn to the professionals at Zimmetry for industrial hygiene and environmental testing, monitoring, consulting and training services to identify and mitigate these types of exposure risks. These services also help to keep employers in compliance with health and safety regulations.

Zimmetry recently sponsored an educational video about 2-butoxyethanol and potential occupational exposure risks that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/p3Y17wNRzQU

To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their industrial hygiene, environmental, air quality, compliance and consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email [email protected]

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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