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HHE Report, No. HETA-82-115-1101, Fire Department, Poughkeepsie, New York.

Authors
Baker-D; Fannick-N
Source
NIOSH 1982 Apr:10 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00127251
Abstract
An evaluation of health effects from exposure of firefighters (SIC- 9224) in Poughkeepsie, New York, to an explosion and fire at a chemical facility was performed. The study was requested by the International Association of Fire Fighters and was conducted for 2 weeks following the fire on January 14, 1982. Blood samples were collected from 67 firefighters divided into high, medium, light, or no exposure groups, to determine injury to vital organs (SMA-24). Methemoglobin analyses were done to assess exposures to p- nitroaniline (100016), which was believed to have been at the fire site. Decontamination practices for firefighters' uniforms were reviewed. No methemoglobinemia nor abnormal SMA-24 results were detected that could be attributed to contaminant exposure from the fire. Because it was not feasible to determine the degree and kind of contamination to the uniforms, disposal was recommended. The authors conclude that there are no apparent systemic health effects due to exposure to chemicals at the fire. The decontamination of uniforms is impractical; therefore they should be disposed of properly.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Dye-industry; Organic-vapors; Firemen; Medical-surveys; Decontamination; HETA-82-115-1101; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-2;
CAS No.
100-01-6;
Publication Date
19820401
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-199133
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-82-115-1101
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
9224;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 pages, 1 reference
State
NY; OH;
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