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CDC/NIOSH emergency response: physical and mental health outcomes following exposure at the World Trade Center disaster.
Tapp-L; Baron-S; Bernard-B; Driscoll-R; Kelly-K; Prezant-D; Herbert-R; Levin-S
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 10-15, 2003, Dallas, Texas. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2003 May; :55
In the 18 months since the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a number of medical screening and assessment studies have been conducted which better define the type and magnitude of both physical and mental health consequences for those who had work-related exposure during and shortly after the WTC collapse. The 20-minute session will summarize the findings from several of these studies including both rescue and recovery workers and workers who were exposed because their workplace was close to the WTC site. Data to be presented from rescue workers includes respiratory health effects and respirator use among the New York City firefighters and preliminary results from an ongoing NIOSH funded screening program of respiratory and mental health outcomes in 9000 WTC rescue, recovery, and restoration workers and volunteers conducted by Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. The results of a NIOSH questionnaire survey of physical and mental health of about 1250 workers employed near the WTC site including public school workers, community college workers, office workers, and transit workers will also be presented. All of these studies have shown significant upper and lower respiratory health symptoms and/or physical examination abnormalities as well as elevated rates of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Many of these findings were still present many months after exposure at the WTC site had ended.
Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Mental-health; Hazards; Health-hazards; Worker-health; Workers; Rescue-measures; Rescue-workers; Respirators; Respiratory-system-disorders; Traumatic-injuries; Stress; Emergency-responders; Psychological-effects; Fire-fighters
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 10-15, 2003, Dallas, Texas
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