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Title: Health-Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 85-150-1767, Warwick Fire Department, Warwick, Rhode Island

In answer to a request from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), an evaluation was made of health complaints noted by fire fighters exposed to plastic products and pesticides during two separate fires attended to by the Warwick Fire Department, located in Warwick, Rhode Island. Questionnaires were administered to 43 persons who were only present at the plastics fire and 46 who were only present at the pesticide fire and to 13 present at both fires. The men who fought the plastic products fire and the pesticide fire apparently experienced acute symptoms related to smoke and chemical inhalation during the fires, including headache, cough, sore throat, wheezing, shortness of breath, rash, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, and numbness. The authors conclude that fire fighters at these two fires experienced acute irritant symptoms from smoke and chemical inhalation. The authors recommend use of protective clothing, use of protective equipment, prefire planning, implementation of medical surveillance for all fire fighters, and the proper cleanup of protective clothing and equipment after fires.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6182173
Report Number(s):
PB-87-204996/XAB; HETA-85-150-1767
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; FIRE FIGHTING; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; SMOKES; OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY; INHALATION; AIR POLLUTION; HEALTH HAZARDS; PESTICIDES; PLASTICS; AEROSOLS; COLLOIDS; DISPERSIONS; HAZARDS; INTAKE; MATERIALS; PETROCHEMICALS; PETROLEUM PRODUCTS; POLLUTION; RESIDUES; SAFETY; SOLS; SYNTHETIC MATERIALS 500200* -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (-1989); 552000 -- Public Health