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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-95-0047-2485, Valdosta Fire Department, Valdosta, Georgia.
Pettit TA; Hodous TK
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 95-0047-2485, 1995 Feb; :1-9
In response to a request from three fire fighters with the Valdosta Fire Department (SIC-9224), Valdosta, Georgia, an investigation was begun into a hazardous materials incident occurring August 5, 1994 at the Lowndes Correctional Institute (LCI) chemical facility. One of the products being mixed at the chemical facility on the day of the incident was 14% powdered laundry bleach. Three times the usual amount of liquid chlorinated oil was accidentally added to the mix. The incorrect mixture was placed in 50 and 100 pound paperboard barrels for temporary storage until the mixture could be reformulated. Later that day, smoke was observed to be coming from smoldering barrels. Members of the Valdosta Fire Department responded to LCI and engaged in moving the barrels, breaking open the barrels, and spraying water on the smoldering barrels. A heavy rain storm produced a vapor cloud which engulfed the scene for a time. The authors recommend that a written procedure be developed by the fire department for handling hazardous materials responses, that periodic medical examinations be provided for the fire fighters, and that the LCI have a supervisor present all the time when chemicals are being mixed.
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