Chemical Exposure and Health Status of Identification Personnel


  1. Papple, W.R.
Corporate Authors
Canadian Police Research Centre, Ottawa Ont (CAN)
Police officers involved in identification procedures are occupationally exposed to many and diverse agents. Previous studies have partially documented the range and type of exposures of these Ident. officers, as well as possible health consequences of these exposures. Concerns raised by these studies of smaller units were sufficient to result in this larger Canada-wide prevalence study. The totality of evidence from this study supports the conclusion that ident. officers have an increased prevalence of respiratory illness due to some occupational exposure. Unfortunately, the nature of the exposure is such that this study was not able to demonstrate the involvement of any particular powder, agent, or other work exposure, in the etiology of this increase. It is difficult to make recommendations concerning measures that may be taken to reduce the risk of illness, in view of this lack of evidence about which agent or group of agents may be involved. At the least, the results of this study reinforce the wisdom of using those personal protective measures that are available under field conditions.
Police -- Health and hygiene;Police -- Health risk assessment;Identification -- Equipment and supplies;Crime laboratories -- Employees -- Health and hygiene;Hazardous substances
Report Number
TM-21-1993E;HV7936.H4;TM-21-93 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Oct 1993
Number of Pages
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