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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-390-1345, Public Safety Building, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 82-390-1345, 1983 Jul; :1-8
A health hazard evaluation was conducted in the Public Safety Building (SIC-9221) in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on November 2 and 3, 1982. In the previous 2 years there were three cancer related deaths reported among 3 of 16 officers on the detective force. Questionnaires were administered to 17 police officers, a former officer, and the wives of 4 deceased officers who had died of cancer. Medical records confirmed seven cases of cancer among those surveyed through questionnaire. Ventilation systems were examined and fingerprinting powders were analyzed. The ventilation systems had capability for adequate volume exchange throughout the building, including the indoor firing range. Fingerprint powders contained carbon-black (1333864) and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Gun cleaning solutions contained ammonia (7664417), denatured alcohol, and kerosene (8008206). The authors conclude that the incidence of cancer in general, and cancer of the large intestine, in particular, among police officers may or may not be related to an occupational exposure. They recommend discontinuing the use of fingerprint powders that contain polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Dusting should be done under a laboratory hood to avoid dust inhalation. Gloves should be worn when using gun cleaning solutions.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Clinical-symptoms; Employee-exposure; Pathogenesis; HETA-82-390-1345; Author Keywords: Police Protection; Carbon Black; Polynuclear Aromatics; Phenanthrene; Flupranthene; Pyrene; Cancer; Carcinogen; Fingerprint Powders
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