Health Hazard Evaluation HETA 86-326-1792; Airport Disaster Drill Clermont Mercy Hospital Batavia, Ohio [open pdf - 144KB]
"The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from the East Fork Joint Ambulance District to assess the hazard to participants of an airport disaster drill. A smoke generating device - 5D smoke bomb - planned for use in the drill had been associated with health problems during previous smoke training exercises. [...] Based on these results, the NIOSH investigators concluded that a health hazard did not exist for participants in the airport disaster drill. The investigators believe however, that a hazard could exist under certain conditions based on data collected during other NIOSH investigations of these types of devices. These conditions include: use of larger and/or multiple smoke generating devices, igniting a smoke generating device inside an aircraft with people inside who are not properly protected, or use of a large smoke generating device too near a stationary disaster drill participant. Recommendations are included in section VIII to prevent/address such conditions."
HETA # 86-326-1792; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 86-326-1792
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/