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HHE Program investigators found measurable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (the active ingredient in cannabis), in personal and area air samples when evaluating police officers’ exposure to secondhand cannabis smoke at open-air stadium events. We recommended assigning police officers who report that they are bothered by secondhand cannabis smoke to a work location where potential exposure is believed to be relatively low or nonexistent. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3ze
Finding noise overexposures among workers at a precast concrete manufacturer, HHE Program investigators recommended installing engineering noise controls, improving the existing hearing conservation program, audiometric testing on a regular basis, maintaining equipment, and implementing a Buy Quiet program. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3z7
HHE Program investigators evaluated isoflurane gas exposures and miscarriages reported among veterinary hospital employees. We recommended replacing passive scavenging systems with active scavenging systems, improved training of employees, and evaluating other potential reproductive hazards at the veterinary hospital. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3zG
Finding that law enforcement officers experienced adverse health effects when responding to a scene where illicit drugs were found, HHE Program investigators recommended following guidance available from NIOSH and other public health agencies, and coordinating joint training with other nearby local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and EMS organizations. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xy3WM
In a hospital radiology department, HHE Program investigators found exhaust particles entering the workspace, air bypassing the filtration systems, and outdoor air intakes at or below ground level. We recommended improving preventative maintenance on the ventilation systems and working with a mechanical engineer to ensure air supplied to the workspace meets current IEQ guidelines for health care facilities. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xmzGS
Finding that law enforcement officers experienced adverse health effects when responding to a scene where opioids and other illicit drugs were found, HHE Program investigators recommended the police department develop policies and procedure specific to opioids and other illicit drugs, and continue periodic training on how to prevent occupational exposure to illicit drugs. Find the full report here: https://go.usa.gov/xPBtC