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  QUESTION: Is there a danger to my health from my work - making scented candles? 22 May 2003,Utah USA

I worked at Party Wicks and Scents for 4 years and we use a zinc wick. My question is? We make highly scented candles, some of the scents we pour make you nauseous, headaches and sting your throat and make your eyes water. Is there a danger to my health.

Thank You
Kelly JO

ANSWER: 22 May 2003

Dear Kelly,

The Global Lead Advice and Support Service is a volunteer organisation that is drastically underfunded and understaffed and so while we do try to respond to all of the thousands of emails we get we often have trouble keeping up with them.

Please find attached a relevant research paper regarding scented candle emissions and check out National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) www.cdc.gov/niosh/ for further info.

Alex J. Volunteer, Global Lead Advice and Support Service.

ATTACHMENT: Extract only Characterization Of Scented Candle Emissions And Associated Public Health Risks  by J. DAVID KRAUSE

A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Public Health Department of Environmental and Occupational Health College of Public Health University of South Florida August 1999 Major Professor: Raymond D. Harbison, Ph.D.

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