Health Hazard Evaluation Report 99-0252-2831; State of Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement Des Moines, Iowa [open pdf - 223KB]
"In June 1999, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a confidential employee request for a health hazard evaluation (HHE) of the narcotics evidence holding room at the State Police Division of Narcotics Enforcement facility in Des Moines, Iowa. The HHE requesters expressed concern over employees' exposures to materials collected from clandestine methamphetamine laboratories and other drug cases that were stored at the facility. They also reported that there were three recently diagnosed cancer cases among narcotics enforcement staff, and several employees had severe headaches which they associated with the workplace. In response, NIOSH personnel conducted a site visit at the office on July 26 and 27, 1999. Area air samples were collected for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ethyl ether, inorganic acids, and cocaine in the evidence room and surrounding areas. Wipe samples for cocaine were collected in the evidence room. Two samples of debris were gathered from the shelves and examined for fungal contamination. [...] The monitoring data collected during this evaluation indicated that there is a need to improve general ventilation within the building. Recommendations for improving and repairing the general ventilation systems, cleanup of the evidence room, and the addition of chemical storage cabinets are included in the report. The three cancer cases were of two different types, and their timing did not suggest an occupational origin."
HETA # 99-0252-2831; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 99-0252-2831
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