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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-156-2256, Ford House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Tepper-A; Kiefer-M; Moss-CE
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 92-156-2256, 1992 Sep; :1-12
In response to a request from the Architect of the Capital, an investigation was begun into what appeared to be a relatively large number of persons with cancer, particularly brain cancer, who were employed in the Congressional Budget Office and the House Information System (SIC-9121), located in the Ford House Office Building, Washington, DC. Among the 250 people working in these areas, 12 persons were identified with cancer including five with brain tumors. Examination of the medical records and death certificates for the four full time, permanent employees with brain tumors indicated that one had a benign brain tumor. Two had primary glioblastoma, and had worked in the same area for several years. Measurements were made of 60 hertz electric and magnetic fields at 36 sites in the building. Measurements indicated the exposures to electric and magnetic fields were typical of modern office environments, and well below current exposure criteria. The authors conclude that there was no basis for concluding that the cases of cancer in the building were related to the physical environment. The authors recommend measures to reduce the levels of electric and magnetic fields. There was found to be a high level of anxiety among workers concerning recent testing for lead (7439921) in the drinking water supply. An improvement in the levels and paths of communication could alleviate this concern.
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