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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-97-0304-2695, Racine Fire Department, Racine, Wisconsin.
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 97-0304-2695, 1998 Jun; :1-20
On September 5, 1997, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from fire fighters of the Racine Fire Department to conduct a health hazard evaluation (HHE) of diesel exhaust exposure at fire stations within the city of Racine, Wisconsin. Health concerns indicated on the request included headaches and concerns about the possible carcinogenic risk associated with exposure to diesel exhaust. In response to the request, NIOSH investigators conducted an industrial hygiene evaluation at two fire stations on November 12 and 13, 1997. Environmental monitoring was conducted for components of diesel exhaust including nitrogen oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), elemental carbon (EC), and miscellaneous hydrocarbons. Personal breathing zone (PBZ) and area air samples were collected for EC at each station. Area samples were collected in the kitchen, apparatus bay, and in the fire fighters' sleeping quarters. Additionally, one background EC sample was collected outside of each station as a comparative measure. Exhaust ventilation flow rates were also measured to estimate air changes per hour in apparatus bays.
Health-hazard-evaluation; Fire-stations; Diesel-exhaust; Ventilation; Exposure; Air-sampling; Carcinogens; Elemental-carbon; Nitrogen-oxide; Nitrogen-dioxide; Organic-vapors; Region-5; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Author Keywords: Fire Protection; fire fighters; diesel; elemental carbon; nitrogen dioxide
7440-44-0; 10024-97-2; 10102-44-0
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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