Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 82-115-1101; Fire Department Poughkeepsie, New York [open pdf - 3MB]
"In January 1982, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request for a health hazard evaluation from the International Association of Fire Fighters. The request concerned possible health effects to fire fighters who participated in rescue and fire suppression activities following an explosion and chemical fire at the Bern Color Company, Poughkeepsie, New York. The request also asked for advice concerning disposition of the fire fighters' protective clothing which was contaminated by chemicals during the fire. In addition, NIOSH received a verbal request for technical assistance concerning the incident from the Office of the City Manager, City of Poughkeepsie. [...] Based on a review of the results of the medical tests performed on the fire fighters, NIOSH concludes that there were no apparent systemic health effects due to exposure to chemicals at the fire. NIOSH believes that decontaminating the fire fighters' uniforms is impractical with existing technology and recommends that they be disposed of properly."
HETA # 82-115-1101; Health Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report Number 82-115-1101
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