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The fire service industry and profession is evolving rapidly with the guidance provided by far-reaching, evidence-based research. Transformational approaches to tackling fire service occupational cancer have touched on apparatus cab design, redesigned personal protective equipment, exhaust capture systems, cleaning of exposed individuals and their tools , and even station design and decontamination procedures and processes, to name a few.
This study provides a greater understanding of the exposure pathways associated with firefighting and the measures that can be implemented to reduce these exposures.
Often dermal exposure is viewed purely in terms of percutaneous uptake of chemicals. There are however three types of chemical-skin interactions, and an understanding of these is required to characterise the nature of any dermal exposure taking place. Firstly, the chemical may pass through the skin and contribute to the systemic load.
Firefighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE) ensembles will become contaminated with various compounds during firefighting. Some of these compounds will off-gas following a response, which could result in inhalation exposure. This study was conducted to determine the magnitude and composition of volatile
Firefighters’ skin may be exposed to chemicals via permeation/penetration of combustion byproducts through or around personal protective equipment (PPE) or from the cross-transfer of contaminants on PPE to the skin
Planning, preparation and communication are key elements in the process to purchase the right personal protective equipment (PPE) and equipment storage for your department. In this article, we’ll tell you what you need to know to make a good buying decision
Firefighters can do little to control their exposure to toxic sub-stances that adversely affect health. They can, however, mitigate that exposure through sound practices like wearing SCBA, clean- ing PPE after incidents, not smoking, exercising, sleeping better and eating well.
Firefighters take health risks every single time they walk through the bay doors of their fire station. While firefighters undergo rigorous training to ensure they respond as safely as possible to a variety of emergencies, they often overlook steps that can help protect their personal health.