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Dear Mike Holt,
Before 9/11, most of us never thought
of a passenger airplane as a weapon. With recent revelations from the MSDS for Teflon
and the information from the United States Army Medical Research Institute about TOXIC
TEFLON gases as a pulmonary agent (chemical warfare weapon), we have had to reappraise
our thinking about the safety of the communications cabling workplace.
For the past 25 years, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has not addressed the toxicity issue in the development of the updated National Electrical Code. We have the technology to monitor for toxic gases and activate safety systems in the indoor air systems to protect the building occupants. This important step towards safety may not happen until the NEC recognizes the toxic properties of the materials that are allowed in the building air systems. Awareness is a critical first step to safety in the (electrical) workplace.
Teflon® FEP MSDS. (Please download
and print this PDF file [1.25MB] and read carefully)
TOXIC TEFLON - Pulmonary Agents
Check the MSDS for Teflon® FEP: Perfluoroisobutylene (PFIB) is a toxic pyrolysis product of tetrafluoroethylene polymers encountered in military materiel (e.g., Teflon7, found in the interior of many military vehicles). The oxides of nitrogen (NOxs) are components of blast weapons or may be toxic decomposition products. Smokes, e.g., HC, contain toxic compounds that cause the same effects as phosgene does. The remainder of this chapter will deal solely with phosgene because it is the prototype of this class of agents; however, the principles of medical management of phosgene exposure also apply to casualties from compounds such as PFIB or NOxs.
Asbestos, lead, tobacco, and a host
of other harmful materials are being recognized and dealt with. Safety is too important
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