Tuesday, February 17, 2009

UCSD staff, faculty claim hazardous work environment

San Diego Union-Tribune: "LA JOLLA — A group of UC San Diego staffers and faculty members marched on campus Tuesday to protest what they call a hazardous work environment in the university's Literature building.
Between 2000 and 2006, there have been eight reports of breast cancer among women who worked in the building, which also houses the Visual Arts and Third World Studies departments and the Dean of Arts and Humanities. Two of those women have died.
A June report commissioned by the university concluded the incidence of breast cancer among women working in the building was four to five times higher than would be expected in the general population of California.
The study, authored by UCSD epidemiologist Dr. Cedric Garland, said there is “a possibility of a mild to modest increase in risk of breast cancer” associated with working near electrical and elevator equipment rooms on the first floor.
Those who organized Tuesday's protest said they are worried about the health of faculty members, staffers and students, and alarmed at the university's lack of action to reduce the risk attributed to the high-current electricity.
“We need to be protecting people rather than ignoring the signs that women are at heightened risk of cancer,” said Nina Zhiri, who has taught literature at UCSD for 16 years."

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