TSA workers blame uniforms for health problems

01/5/2009 | Chicago Sun-Times (free registration)

The union representing airport screeners says new government-issued uniforms are causing severe rashes, dizziness and swollen eyes and lips among some workers. The American Federation of Government Employees is demanding workers' compensation for those with a reaction to formaldehyde, a chemical used in the manufacturing process. But a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration says independent testing shows the uniforms meet all standards for irritating substances, including formaldehyde, and that complaints have actually dropped since the new look was introduced last summer.

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