Severe alkali burns from beer line cleaners warrant mandatory safety guidelines

Chameen Samarawickrama, John Leaney and Stephanie Watson
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.00064
Published online: 21 July 2014

To the Editor: Two patients at our tertiary referral eye hospital had received severe alkali burns to the face and eyes while cleaning beer lines. In hotels, pubs and clubs, beer lines are cleaned weekly using strong alkaline solutions at high pressure. In an accident, alkali released under high pressure can produce blinding damage.

  • Chameen Samarawickrama1,2
  • John Leaney1
  • Stephanie Watson1,2

  • 1 Sydney Eye Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Save Sight Institute, Sydney, NSW.


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