Hickory, North Carolina -- Researchers from the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the US federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have found no evidence of health risks among people living near polyurethane foam plants using TDI (toluene diisocyanate), according to recent local news reports citing a public hearing of the study's findings in Hickory, North Carolina.
The federally funded study, which studied whether the health of people living near foam-making plants could be at risk, examined several sites in North Carolina including facilities owned by Hickory Springs Manufacturing and Carpenter Co. in Conover, and Foamex in Cornelius.
The researchers tested air samples and took blood samples from volunteers, as well as questioning them about their respiratory condition.
News reports cited Rick Langley of the North Carolina Division of Public Health as saying that the study showed no evidence of the health of people living near the plants as being adversely affected. According to Langley, tests at the Hickory Springs site showed a low level of TDI, but this was ten times lower than the level considered to be a health risk.
To find out more about the study visit: http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/oee/tdi.html
A listing of further public hearings relating to the study's findings can also be found here: http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/oee/tdi/sessions.html (RD)"