An Estimation of the Actual Health Risk of Firemen and Workers Assigned to the Decontamination Following a Fire Involving PCB (Askarel and Contaminated Oil)

  • Gaétan Carrier


During a fire involving PCB, there is always a formation of extremely toxic products: the PCDF and PCDD. The literature concerning the production of these toxic substances, our observations following the fire at IREQ installations and epidemiological and clinical data are providing us with some landmarks of the effects of these substances on human beings. We try to estimate the actual risk for the firemen fighting the flames, the workers assigned to the decontamination and for the population living in the surrounding of IREQ’s installations and we indicate efficient measures to prevent these risks.


Safety Measure Electrical Equipment Thermal Breakdown Recent Fire Soot Sample 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gaétan Carrier
    • 1
  1. 1.Hydro-Quebec — Direction Santé et SécuritéMontréalCanada

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