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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-92-0147-2456, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 92-0147-2456, 1994 Sep; :1-36
In response to a request from a management representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (SIC-9221), Washington, DC, an investigation was begun into possible health hazards associated with exposure to various chemical compounds used by FBI fingerprint specialists to develop latent fingerprints. Air samples were collected in the Latent Fingerprint Section laboratories while latent prints were developed in exhaust hoods, and at a simulated crime scene. In the laboratory, the airborne concentration of ethyl- 2-cyanoacrylate (7085850) was 0.29 parts per million (ppm). The highest airborne concentration of petroleum-ether (8030306) was 52.4mg/m3. Only one sample contained a detectable amount of iodine (7553562). Only one sample contained acetone (67641). Measurements taken while working on a simulated crime scene indicated that there is a potential for exposure due to lack of exhaust ventilation. The authors conclude that the fingerprint specialists' chemical exposures while working at a crime scene could be a potential health hazard. The authors recommend that respiratory protection be used while using some materials, including fingerprint powders, at crime scenes. Improvements should be made in safety practices during the use of an argon laser.
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