HHE report: HETA-81-291-1030, U.S. Customs Service, Department of Treasury, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Deubner-DC; Gold-A; Williams-TM
NIOSH 1982 Jan; :1-13
The incidence of cancer among laboratory workers at the Department of the Treasury, United States Customs Laboratory (SIC-2800) in New Orleans, Louisiana was investigated on June 25 to 26, 1981. A representative of the United States Customs Service requested the evaluation after several laboratory workers developed cancer. Laboratory procedures were reviewed and commonly used chemicals identified. The laboratory was typical of a general chemical laboratory. Numerous chemicals, both reagents and samples were used and many of those were on the Environmental Protection Agency's tentative list of carcinogens. Interviews with laboratory personnel indicated unvented use of benzene (71432). Review of hospital records verified three cases of leukemia, one case of Hodgkins' disease, and two cases of prostate cancer. The authors conclude that while no excessive exposures were found at the worksite, a health hazard could have existed in the past due to chemical exposures. They recommend that employees who worked in the laboratory prior to 1980 receive standard hematology blood sample analyses annually and that known or suspected carcinogens should be used in ventilated hoods and stored in ventilated cabinets.
NIOSH-Author; HETA-81-291-1030; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-6; Health-surveys; Epidemiology; Cancer-rate; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance; Field Studies
NTIS Accession No.
Occupational Health Studies Group, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 13 pages, 6 references