This is the final report from the NIOSH study evaluating dermal exposures and biological uptake of polycyclic and other aromatic hydrocarbons in firefighters. NIOSH also measured air concentrations of various contaminants inside burn structures and off-gassing from turnout gear.FF Dermal Study 2010-0156-3196
Fairfax, Va., Dec. 3, 2013- IAFC members should take note that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has issued a Respirators User Notice stating that an error was made during recent testing of SCBA that calls into questions the ability of some SCBA to meet NIOSH and NFPA standards for protection against chemical warfare agents.
The NIOSH notice states that agents used in testing from July 2012 through October 2013 were less than that required by NIOSH test procedures and therefore SCBA cannot be validated as in compliance with the CBRN standards until retesting is completed.
NIOSH is working with both SCBA manufactures and NFPA to address the issue.
The IAFC recommends that its members review the NIOSH Respirators User Notice.
The IAFC and the SHS Section’s position is that every firefighter receive an annual medical examination, and that this examination follow as closely as possible the guidance of NFPA 1582. Chiefs have an obligation to find funding sources and develop creative strategies to ensure the safety of their personnel. A Fire Department’s Guide to Implementing NFPA 1582 (00_NPFA 1582_FINAL.pdf) is designed to support that responsibility. The SHSS compiled this guide and sample documents to assist with the development and implementation of an annual medical evaluation program in your department.
Given the latest research in fire dynamics and the potential impact on firefighter
safety, the ISFSI board of directors unanimously releases this position
statement. The ISFSI encourages all fire departments to incorporate the fire
dynamics research into their tactical operations through any and all means
Will your family be entitled to federal, state, and local benefits as survivors of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty while off-duty? This is an incredibly difficult question with no easy answers. In an effort to assist Fire Chiefs, the SHS Section has produced this guide. Review the white paper and above all else, do some research into your own jurisdiction’s policies concerning this issue. The time to find out is NOT after you have a fatality.