Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 82-224-1336; Miami Fire Department Miami, Florida [open pdf - 4MB]
"On April 15, 1982, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was requested to evaluate the possibility that fire fighters assigned to the Miami Fire Department had been exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) during an electrical fire inside an underground transformer vault located in downtown Miami, Florida. On April 16, 1982, three days after the fire, and subsequent to cleanup of the vault by the power company, NIOSH investigators collected surface wipe samples and bulk samples of soot inside the vault. Additional samples were collected from fire fighters' turnout coats, from respirator face masks, and from other fire fighting equipment thought to have been in contact with smoke from the fire. Surface swipe samples were analyzed for PCBs using the Webb-McCall method, and bulk samples were analyzed for polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) by high resolution gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (HRGC/MS)."
HETA # 82-224-1336; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 82-224-1336
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