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Technical assistance report no. TA-79-18, Cedar Rapids School District, Bureau of Labor, State of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.

Authors
Hervin RL
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 79-18, 1979 May; :1-9
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00091534
Abstract
A site visit was made on March 21 and 22, 1979 to the Cedar Rapids School District (SIC-7349) in Des Moines, Iowa to investigate reported cancer deaths among custodial and maintenance workers. The Bureau of Labor, State of Iowa, Des Moines requested technical assistance to determine if the cancer deaths were occupationally related. Worker exposure to a variety of chemical cleaners and asbestos (1332214) was noted, but only asbestos was identified as a known carcinogen. Exposures to asbestos were always found to be infrequent and of short duration. No sampling or analyses were performed. Biology and chemistry laboratories were inspected. It is concluded that the cancer deaths were not occupationally related or greater in number than those found in the general population. Recommendations are made for adherence to safety and hygiene practices concerning the use and handling of asbestos, pesticides, and chemical cleaning agents. Toxic chemicals used in the laboratories should be controlled and disposed of properly. Further investigation is not recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; TA-79-18; Region-7; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Asbestos-dust; Elementary-and-secondary-schools; Custodial-workers
CAS No.
1332-21-4
Publication Date
19790501
Document Type
Field Studies; Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB80-153687
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
TA-79-18
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
7349
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
IA; OH
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