Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 83-157-1373; Fire Department Stamford, Connecticut [open pdf - 1MB]
"In February 1983, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request from the International Association of Fire Fighters to evaluate potential health problems resulting from exposures during an industrial fire and explosion at United Organics, Inc., Stamford, Connecticut. NIOSH assistance was requested six weeks after the fire when fire fighters continued to complain of symptoms of chest discomfort, shortness of breath and headache. [...] Symptoms and medical abnormalities found in these fire fighters following exposure to smoke and fumes from this chemical fire were consistent with the possible effects of pyrolysis products of polyacrylonitrile, including hydrogen cyanide. Recommendations are made in Section VIII of this report to help orevent future exposures."
HETA # 83-157-1373; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 83-157-1373
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