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Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report No. TA 79-18, Cedar Rapids School District, Bureau of Labor, State of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.


PB80153687

Publication Date 1979
Personal Author Hervin, R. L.
Page Count 12
Abstract A site visit was made on March 21 and 22, 1979 to the Cedar Rapids School District in Des Moines, Iowa to investigate reported cancer deaths among custodial and maintenance workers. The Bureau of Labor, State of Iowa, Des Moines requested technical assistance to determine if the cancer deaths were occupationally related. Worker exposure to a variety of chemical cleaners and asbestos (1332214) was noted, but only asbestos was identified as a known carcinogen. Exposures to asbestos were always found to be infrequent and of short duration. No sampling or analyses were performed. Biology and chemistry laboratories were inspected. It is concluded that the cancer deaths were not occupationally related or greater in number than those found in the general population. Recommendations are made for adherence to safety and hygiene practices concerning the use and handling of asbestos, pesticides, and chemical cleaning agents. Toxic chemicals used in the laboratories should be controlled and disposed of properly. Further investigation is not recommended.
Keywords
  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial medicine
  • Asbestos
  • Schools
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Criteria
  • Inspection
  • Standards
  • Recommendations
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Concentration(Composition)
  • Dust
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Air sampling
  • CAS 1332-21-4
  • Carcinogens
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH. Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198012
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report No. TA 79-18, Cedar Rapids School District, Bureau of Labor, State of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance Report No. TA 79-18, Cedar Rapids School District, Bureau of Labor, State of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.
PB80153687

  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial medicine
  • Asbestos
  • Schools
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Criteria
  • Inspection
  • Standards
  • Recommendations
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Concentration(Composition)
  • Dust
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Air sampling
  • CAS 1332-21-4
  • Carcinogens
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
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