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Health consultation : Possible health implications from exposure to sulfur gases emitted from Chinese-manufactured drywall
  • Published Date:
    May 2, 2014
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    Possible health implications from exposure to sulfur gases emitted from Chinese-manufactured drywall
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    Executive summary -- Background and statement of issues -- Emission rate testing and modeling results -- Discussion—indoor air concentration results -- Discussion—health evaluation -- Conclusions -- Recommendations. -- Additional Resources -- References. -- Appendix 1. Comparison Values (CVs) and Odor Thresholds for RSCs and SO2 -- Appendix 2. Screening Level Comparison—Comparison Values (CVs) and Hazard Quotients (HQs) -- Appendix 3. Basis for Comparison Values and Effect Levels.

    Some U.S. homes built between 2001 and 2008 contain problem drywall (see definition on page 6). Beginning around 2008, some people living in these homes started reporting health issues and other problems to their state health agencies. Those living in affected homes reported a spectrum of symptoms and health effects including recurrent headaches, irritated and itchy eyes and skin, difficulty in breathing, persistent cough, runny noses, sinus infections and congestion, sore throats, frequent nosebleeds, and asthma attacks. Many of these residents reported that symptoms decreased or went away entirely when they left their homes and then reappeared when they returned home. Non health- related problems included a strong sulfur smell and premature corrosion or deterioration of certain metal components in their homes like air conditioner coils and wiring behind electrical outlets and inside electrical panel boxes.

    A health consultation is a verbal or written response from ATSDR or ATSDR’s Cooperative Agreement Partners to a specific request for information about health risks related to a specific site, a chemical release, or the presence of hazardous material. In order to prevent or mitigate exposures, a consultation may lead to specific actions, such as restricting use of or replacing water supplies; intensifying environmental sampling; restricting site access; or removing the contaminated material.

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