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Results of the worker's family protection act/take-home toxics.
Greife AL; Zey J; Chan H
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 19-23, 1997, Dallas, Texas. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 1997 May; :18
In 1992 the U.S. Congress passed the Worker's Family Protection Act (Public Law 102-522, 29, U.S.C 671), which requested that CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conduct a study to "evaluate the potential for, prevalence of, and issues related to the contamination of workers' homes with hazardous chemicals and substances ... transported from the workplaces of such workers." Between 1993 and 1995 a team of 29 occupational safety and health professionals from the CDC gathered and evaluated over 480 documents that discussed various aspects of worker home contamination. NIOSH found that contamination of workers' homes is a worldwide problem, with incidents reported from 28 countries and from 36 states in the United States. Such incidents have resulted in a wide range of diseases, and in some cases, death among workers' families. About half of the reports of health effects have appeared within the last 10 years. Lead poisoning continues to be a problem with 65 incidents reported among workers' families. Thirty-five of these are from the United States with 24 reports in the last 10 years. Other chemicals and resulting health effects reported include deaths from pesticides, chemical burns from caustic materials, abnormal development from estrogenic substances, and neurological effects from mercury.
Hazards; Hazardous-materials; Chemical-hypersensitivity; Chemical-properties; Chemical-reactions; Exposure-levels; Mortality-rates; Lead-compounds; Lead-dust; Pesticides; Neurological-system; Mercury-poisoning; Mercury-compounds
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 19-23, 1997, Dallas, Texas
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