WASHINGTON — Pools are being encouraged to stop wearing the pumps that were designed to keep women cool at work and get them out of the house when they want to.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it has banned the use of the devices that pump liquid water from an internal reservoir at work.
The agency said it also banned them from being used for outdoor recreation and for use on pools and other outdoor surfaces.
The agency said the devices, which are used to keep the wearer cool in hot or humid conditions, are “generally safe and effective for use at work.”
But the agency has a list of safety concerns, including potential injuries to workers and the environment.
The agency has issued an advisory to companies warning them to stop using the pumps, and it also has a rule that requires companies to replace the pumps.
It said the agency was not aware of any problems related to the devices.
Pools that have banned the pumps say they’re a boon for the environment and have been a source of health and safety concern for many years.
Parks and recreation groups have called on the agency to prohibit the devices from being worn, saying they are “extremely hazardous” and that they are the main cause of illness for workers.