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Document ID (ISN)111719
CIS number 11-0350
Year 2009
Convention or series no. HETA 2008-0166-3079
Author(s) Page E., Burr G., Brueck S.
Title Evaluation of cancer among occupants of two office buildings
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2001, USA, Mar. 2009. vi, 19p. 36 ref.
Internet access HETA_2008-0166-3079.pdf [in English]
Abstract In 2007, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a health hazard evaluation (HHE) request from the management of NASA's John Glenn Research Center (NASA GRC in Cleveland, Ohio, regarding on-going employee and union concerns about a possible higher rate of cancer among current and former employees of two buildings, possibly due to potential exposure to jet fuel and de-icing compounds from the nearby airport, asbestos in the buildings, water damage in the buildings, and general indoor environmental quality. A number of investigations were carried out. Findings are discussed. It is concluded that there is no evidence that the cancers reported are associated with work in the buildings because the number and types of cancers do not appear unusual; the different types of cancers do not suggest a common exposure; no significant hazardous exposures were identified and evidence leads to non-occupational causes.
Descriptors (primary) USA; premises and workplaces; buildings; office work; cancer; labour inspection; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) asbestos; diesel oil; antifreezes; airports; public OSH institutions; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Cancer and carcinogens
Office work
Sick building syndrome
Labour inspection