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