Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 83-326-1535; Liquid Disposal Incorporated Shelby Township, Michigan   [open pdf - 3MB]

"On June 20, 1983 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request to evaluate possible health effects among firefighters following a fire that occurred on June 15,1983 at Liquid Disposal Incorporated (LOI), a storage site for waste oils, volatile and semivolatile wastes, located in a Detroit suburb. The request also asked NIOSH to advise fire officials on decontamination procedures for personal protective gear, clothing and equipment that may have been exposed to toxic chemicals during the fire. [...] On the basis of the data obtained during this investigation, it was concluded that there were no apparent serious health effects resulting from exposures to chemicals at the fire. It was further concluded that based upon the technology available, decontaminating the firefighters' clothing, gear and equipment was impractical and too costly. We agree with EPA's decision to replace the clothing, gear and equipment. Recommendations pertaining to on-going medical surveillance, care of work uniforms and fire fighting equipment, and an education program about toxic chemicals are presented in Section VII of this report."

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HETA # 83-326-1535; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 83-326-1535
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