is doing this study?
The study is being conducted by
Drs. Paul Lioy and Michael Gochfeld
of the Environmental and Occupational
Health Sciences Institute in Piscataway,
waste sites will be studied?
The waste sites will be selected
based on possible exposure to the
community. The investigators will
look at what is known about the
size of the sites, the level of
chromium and what clean-up actions
have been taken in the past.
The investigators will work with
community groups to identify sites
that the community feels are of
greatest concern to the residents.
type of samples will be collected?
Samples of air will be collected
at the waste site. These samples
will provide the investigators and
the community important information
about the potential for exposure
to whatever chromium is present.
Samples of dust will be collected
in and around homes close to the
selected sites. These samples will
help determine whether or not the
chromium is present in the homes.
The samples will also indicate how,
if chromium is present, it most
likely got into the home.
long will the study last and how
many subjects will take part in
The study will take place over two
years but those person's homes that
are selected will only be sampled
on one day. More than 100 homes
are to be sampled.
will be in the study?
People who live around the selected
chromium sites will receive a letter
asking if they are willing to participate.
Participation is voluntary. If the
resident signs the consent form,
the investigators will then make
an appointment to come to the home
to collect dust samples. The resident
will also be asked to complete a
short questionnaire about the home.
will receive the results of the
The residents who participate in
the study will receive the results
of the sampling in their homes.
They will find out the levels of
chromium in their own home and how
it compares to the levels found
in other homes in the community.
Results of the study will be given
to the State of New Jersey and will
be shared with the local community.
should I contact if I am interested
in the study?
If you are interested in participating
or have any questions about the
study please call the Environmental
and Occupational Health Sciences
Institute, at our Toll
Free Telephone Number: 866-855-2712.
Please leave your name, phone number,
and the most convenient time for
us to contact you. Dr.
Stuart Shalat or Dr. Kathy Black
will return your call.
is this study being done?
This study is being done to see
if people who currently live in
some areas of Hudson County may
be exposed to harmful levels of
chromium from old chromium waste.
This is important since some types
of chromium may cause serious illness,
Many sites where chromium waste
was either dumped or used as fill
are located in Hudson County, NJ.
This study will measure the amount
of chromium in the air at these
sites, and determine if the in-place
caps on selected waste sites are
still protecting the community.
The study will also measure the
amount of chromium in the dust in
homes of residents who live near
The investigators will use these
results to find out if there is
still exposure of nearby residents
to chromium from the waste sites.
The results will be used to help
in deciding what follow-up actions
by the State of New Jersey, including
a possible health study, are necessary
to assure the health and well being
of those who live in the area.
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