HHE report no. HHE-80-155-776, The New York Telephone Company, New York, New York.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HHE 80-155-776, 1980 Dec; :1-4
Two wipe samples of the residues of a fire from each of three floors were analyzed for polychlorinated-biphenyls (1336363) (PCB) and a medical survey was conducted at the New York Telephone Company (SIC- 4811), in New York, N.Y., on July 11, 1980. The evaluation was requested by an authorized representative of the workers who were concerned about health effects of the residue of a 1975 fire at their workplace. Informal interviews were conducted with employees who had worked during the fire rehabilitation period. The employees did not report any current work related health problems. They were advised that exposure of the employees participating in the rehabilitation process after the fire was not comparable to the exposure of the fire fighters extinguishing the fire, who were reported to have numerous permanent health problems. They were also advised that the toxic combustion products which were present during the fire would have dissipated within hours after the fire was extinguished. No PCBs were detected in the wipe samples analyzed. The author concludes that the telephone company had no biologically significant exposures to toxic substances generated by the fire and no health hazard existed.
NIOSH-Author; HHE-80-155-776; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-2; Combustion-products; Air-contamination; Workplace-studies; Health-survey; Fire-hazards;
Author Keywords: Telephone communications; PCBs; Rack Attendants; Switch Operators; Soot
Field Studies; Health Hazard Evaluation
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