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Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 82-390-1345; Public Safety Building Upper Darby, Pennsylvania   [open pdf - 5MB]

"In September 1982, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was requested by local public health officials to investigate possible health hazards in the Public Safety Building, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Several cancer cases, including some deaths, had been reported among police detectives there. Concern developed over the issue of whether these cancers might have resulted from exposures at the Public Safety Building. [...] An apparent excess of cancer, predominantly of the large intestine, exists among the police detectives. The data from our investigation fail, however, to show an association of these cancers with exposure to the Public Safety Building. Such an association is unlikely according to current theories on tumor induction periods. The environmental results of this study indicate that a potential health hazard exists in using the Sirchie 'Gray' and 'Silk Black' fingerprint powders. The use of these powders should be discontinued in favor of powders with no polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons."

Report Number:
HETA # 82-390-1345; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 82-390-1345
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1983-07
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Public Domain
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
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