Report to Congress on Workers’ Home Contamination Study Conducted Under The Workers’ Family Protection Act (29 U.S.C. 671a)
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 95-123
In 1992, the U.S. Congress passed the Workers’ Family Protection Act (Public Law 102-522, 29 U.S.C. 671), which requested that the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conduct a study to “evaluate the potential for, prevalence of, and issues related to the contamination of workers’ homes with hazardous chemicals and substances…transported from the workplaces of such workers.” With this respect, Congress identified a compelling public health issue, bridging health concerns in the workplace and the home. NIOSH found that contamination of workers’ homes is a worldwide problem, with incidents reported from 28 countries and from 36 States in the United States. Such incidents have resulted in a wide range of diseases and, in some cases, death among workers’ families.