Sewage Leak Compromises Operating Room’s Safety
There are obvious signs your workplace could be dealing with a sewer leak: unpleasant odors, costly water bills, discoloration on the walls, foundation cracks, and mold, to name a few. If not addressed quickly, the leak may threaten the health and safety of your employees, your wallet (additional costs), and your physical work environment.
The medical staff at a local surgery center were quick to take action once they saw moisture at the base of an operating room’s wall. A G2 consultant was initially called onsite to perform a thorough visual inspection of the affected area. A second visit was warranted to take post-remediation swab samples for bacterial testing.
For the visual inspection, drywall had to be removed to identify the source of the moisture. Excess moisture in a building can create colonies of bacteria and fungi, which may cause employees and building occupants to experience headaches, fatigue, and allergic and respiratory issues. G2’s focus is to help solve and prevent issues like excess moisture, so private, government, and public sector organizations can safeguard the health of their employees.
G2 delivers reliable results to organizations by sending collected samples to accredited laboratories. At the second visit to the local surgery center, G2’s industrial hygienists swabbed the exposed concrete floor, metal wall track, and the wall-mounted unistrut and sent the samples in to see the total Coliform bacteria count and to determine if Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria was present.
Especially after remediation, it’s important to test for these bacteria to ensure no further remediation, cleaning, or disinfection is needed so employees can return to the space safely.
Remember, excess moisture or leaks in your workplace don’t have to stop your business, especially if you act quickly. Read what information G2 provided to the local surgery center to make their remediation process simple, safe, and effective.
Posted January 16, 2018 by in Industrial Hygiene