In a congressional hearing, a lineup of advocates for worker safety faulted the way the EPA is using its new authority under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to shield workers from the occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and firefighters experience musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at five times the rate of most workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said in a summary of research priorities for the public safety sector.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin maintaining a firefighters’ cancer registry, trying to determine any links between workplace exposures and subsequent cancers.
According CareerCast’s 2018 annual survey of the most stressful occupations, firefighting ranks second only to working in the military. The survey found support in an October 2017 report by two researchers with the Health Hazard Evaluation Program (HHEP) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), who examined many occupational stresses firefighters experienced […]
Firefighters—whether they are working in burning buildings or burning forests—can experience a dangerous condition called rhabdomyolysis or rhabdo. Rhabdo is the breakdown of damaged muscle tissue that releases proteins and electrolytes into the blood. These substances can damage the heart and kidneys and cause permanent disability and even death. The condition can occur for many […]