Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 81-276-1100; Fire Department Camden, South Carolina [open pdf - 2MB]
"In April, 1981, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for a health hazard evaluation from the Health and Safety Department, International Association of Fire Fighters. The request concerned possible health problems resulting from exposures during a fire in Camden, South Carolina. NIOSH assistance was requested one week after the fire when fire fighters continued to complain of symptoms of chest discomfort, shortness of breath and headache. [...] Symptoms and EKG [electrocardiogram] abnormalities found in fire fighters following exposure to smoke and fumes of a polyacrylonitrile fire were consistent with possible effects of pyrolysis products of polyacrylonitrile, including hydrogen cyanide. Recommendations are made in the body of the report to help prevent and alleviate these conditions."
HETA # 81-276-1100; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 81-276-1100
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