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NIOSH Testimony on Polychlorinated Biphenyls Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce by A. Robbins, March 12, 1980.


PB90194432

Publication Date 1980
Page Count 10
Abstract The testimony concerned the efforts of NIOSH in a study of worker exposure to polychlorinated-biphenyls (1336363) (PCBs) at selected General Services Administration (GSA) facilities in the area of metropolitan Washington. The GSA employees being studied were exposed to transformer fluids containing PCBs in the National Capital Region. NIOSH was to review work practices, recommend appropriate PCB handling procedures, and measure airborne levels of PCBs and certain other chemicals. An internal audit at the site had revealed that the PCB material was being improperly stored at the Switch Gear Shop; 43 employees reported various health problems such as sterility, headaches, nausea, skin rashes and loss of appetite. The health of these 43 workers will be compared with a comparison group of unexposed GSA employees. The workers will be given complete medical examinations, including special tests to determine if they suffer from infertility, liver damage, nerve damage, or impairment of lung function.
Keywords
  • Chlorine organic compounds
  • Toxicity
  • Air pollution
  • Exposure
  • Civilian employees
  • Transformers
  • Maintenance
  • Government agencies
  • Nausea
  • Reproductive system
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Medical examination
  • Tests
  • Liver
  • Damage assessment
  • Materials handling
  • Storage
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Testimony
  • Air pollution effects(Humans)
  • Washington Metropolitan Area
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199012
NIOSH Testimony on Polychlorinated Biphenyls Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce by A. Robbins, March 12, 1980.
NIOSH Testimony on Polychlorinated Biphenyls Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce by A. Robbins, March 12, 1980.
PB90194432

  • Chlorine organic compounds
  • Toxicity
  • Air pollution
  • Exposure
  • Civilian employees
  • Transformers
  • Maintenance
  • Government agencies
  • Nausea
  • Reproductive system
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Medical examination
  • Tests
  • Liver
  • Damage assessment
  • Materials handling
  • Storage
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Testimony
  • Air pollution effects(Humans)
  • Washington Metropolitan Area
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 68A - Air Pollution & Control
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
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