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Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 80-104-1344, Baltimore County Police Department, Towson, Maryland.


PB85102911

Publication Date 1983
Personal Author Schilling, R.; Jannerfeldt, E.; Lewis, F. A.
Page Count 22
Abstract To investigate several cancer deaths reported among employees, and concern that these deaths might have resulted from carcinogenic occupational exposures in the crime laboratory, NIOSH investigators collected bulk samples of fingerprint powders for analysis of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNA's). Personal breathing-zone air samples were collected during a simulated fingerprint dusting operation and exposure to carbon black was measured. Two of the fingerprint powder samples did not show the presence of any polynuclear aromatic compounds, but in the third sample fluoranthene (66.8 micrograms/gm) and pyrene (89.9 micrograms/g) were identified. The environmental results of this study and a review of the toxicological literature indicate that a potential health hazard does exist in using the 'Hi Fi' Volcano latent fingerprint powder. The use of this powder should be discontinued in favor of powders with no polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons.
Keywords
  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Police
  • Public buildings
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Carbon black
  • Aromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons
  • Pyrenes
  • Carcinogens
  • Powders
  • Air pollution
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 9221
  • Fingerprints powders
  • Fluoranthene
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
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198501
Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 80-104-1344, Baltimore County Police Department, Towson, Maryland.
Health Hazard Evaluation Report HETA 80-104-1344, Baltimore County Police Department, Towson, Maryland.
PB85102911

  • Environmental surveys
  • Industrial medicine
  • Police
  • Public buildings
  • Exposure
  • Toxicity
  • Inspection
  • Hazardous materials
  • Carbon black
  • Aromatic polycyclic hydrocarbons
  • Pyrenes
  • Carcinogens
  • Powders
  • Air pollution
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Toxic substances
  • Occupational safety and health
  • SIC 9221
  • Fingerprints powders
  • Fluoranthene
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57Y - Toxicology
  • 94D - Job Environment
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
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