Michael F. Easley

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina Carmen Hooker Odom

North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services

For Release: IMMEDIATE
Date: April 26, 2007


Contact: Carol Schriber,
(919) 733-9190

Public health study information
meetings scheduled

RALEIGH —Free public information sessions will be held on May 7 and 8 to give local residents an opportunity to find out more about a respiratory health study that will begin in the Hickory Springs and Carpenter communities in Catawba County in May.

The sessions will be held:

  • Monday, May 7 - 6 to 8 pm at New Life Assembly of God, Section House Road , Hickory

  • Tuesday afternoon, May 8 - 3 to 5 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church , 2448 Emmanuel Church Road , Conover

  • Tuesday evening, May 8 - 6 to 8 pm at Oxford Fire and Rescue #2, 5710 North NC 16 Highway, Conover

Local residents are invited to attend the session of their choice.

The respiratory health study will attempt to find out if the chemical TDI is present in selected North Carolina communities and what effects, if any, TDI may have on the people who live there. TDI—toluene diisocyanate—is a chemical used to make many household products, including foam for furniture cushions, and some paints and sealants. TDI is released into the environment during some manufacturing and painting activities. The chemical sometimes causes asthma and other health problems in workers who are exposed to it, but little is currently known about possible exposures outside the workplace.

The study is being done by public health experts from the North Carolina Division of Public Health and ATSDR, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a federal public health agency. The study will take place in several North Carolina communities, some that are close to sources of TDI and others—for comparison—that are further away. The selected communities are in Catawba, Randolph , Guilford , and Mecklenburg counties. Catawba is the first county to be studied; the study activities will then move to the other three counties.

Study activities will include taking air samples to test for the presence of TDI, asking adult residents questions about their respiratory health, and taking blood samples from consenting adult residents to test for ind ications of TDI exposure. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Additional information about the study is on the N.C. Division of Public Health web site at www.ncpublichealth.com or by calling the N.C. CARE-LINE Information and Referral Service toll-free at 1-800-662-7030 (TTY for the hearing impaired: 1-877-452-2514).


MEDIA BRIEFING : Monday, May 7 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at New Life Assembly of God, Section House Road , Hickory . (Direct TDI web address: www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/oee/tdi.html.)

Public Affairs Office
101 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
FAX (919)733-7447

Debbie Crane