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Evaluation of antimony and mercury exposure in fire fighters.

Authors
de Perio-MA; Durgam-S
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Oct; 15(4):417
NIOSHTIC No.
20036184
Abstract
The HHE Program responded to a request to investigate fire fighters' potential exposure to antimony through their station uniform pants made of FireWearŪ fabric. FireWearŪ fabric contains antimony trioxide, which is often used for its flame retardant properties. HHE Program investigators reviewed results from hair and urine tests that had been performed by fire fighters' personal physicians prior to the NIOSH investigation and then collected urine samples to measure urine antimony and mercury levels. Investigators also administered a questionnaire asking about personal characteristics and work history. Investigators found that firefighters who had worn pants made from FireWearŪ fabric had urine antimony levels similar to those who had not worn these pants; both groups had urine mercury levels below or within the expected range for the general population. HHE Program investigators found that wearing pants made from FireWearŪ fabric did not pose a health hazard from antimony exposure. HHE Program investigators recommended that station uniforms that comply with the National Fire Protection Association 1975 standard continue to be issued and worn at fire stations and also recommended that garment label instructions be followed when washing station uniforms. The final report is available at: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2009-0025-0076-3085.pdf.
Keywords
Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-protection-equipment; Emergency-responders; Flame-retardants; Heavy-metals
CODEN
IOEHFU
CAS No.
7440-36-0; 7439-97-6
Publication Date
20091001
Document Type
Abstract
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1077-3525
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Services
SIC Code
NAICS-922160
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
FL; OH
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