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HHE Report No. HETA-83-280-1530, Orange County Fire Department, Orlando, Florida.

Authors
Lucas-C
Source
NIOSH 1984 Nov:10 pages
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00148156
Abstract
A health hazard evaluation of firefighters of the Orange County Fire Department (SIC-9224), Orlando, Florida was conducted in August, 1983. The survey was requested by the firefighter's union to evaluate potential health hazards to firefighters who responded to a fire involving burning pesticides at a nursery warehouse in May, 1983. After the fire, six individuals, including four firemen, were treated at a local emergency room. Medical questionnaires were administered to 6 of 18 firefighters and 2 of 3 exposed civilians. Emergency room medical records of the firefighters were reviewed. Symptoms reported included skin and eye irritation, chest tightness, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, and numbness of the fingers and lips. The duration of the symptoms ranged from 1 day (eye irritation) to 3 months (cough). All symptoms had subsided by the time of the survey. Medical records noted symptoms similar to those reported on the questionnaires and diagnoses of smoke and chemical inhalation. No permanent effects were noted. The author concludes that firefighters who fought the nursery warehouse fire experienced symptoms related to chemical and smoke inhalation. Recommendations include cleaning and disposing of contaminated equipment and implementing a medical surveillance program. Firefighters should not enter burning structures unless properly protected with NIOSH approved self contained breathing equipment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Confirmed; Fire-fighting; Region-4; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Toxic-vapors; Rescue-workers; Protective-equipment; HETA-83-280-1530;
Publication Date
19841101
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
PB85-234334
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-83-280-1530
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
SIC Code
9224;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-83-280-1530, 10 pages, 5 references
State
FL; OH;
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