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Document ID (ISN)53116
CIS number 90-269
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1988
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brandt-Rauf P.W., Fallon L.F., Tarantini T., Idema C., Andrews L.
Title Health hazards of fire fighters: Exposure assessment
Bibliographic information Sep. 1988, Vol.45, No.9, p.606-612. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract To assess the types and levels of exposure encountered by firefighters, members of the Buffalo Fire Department (USA) were monitored during firefighting activities with personal, portable, ambient environmental sampling devices. The results indicate that firefighters are frequently exposed to significant concentrations of hazardous materials including carbon monoxide, benzene, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, aldehydes, hydrogen chloride, dichlorofluoromethane, and particulates. In many cases of the worst exposure to these materials, respiratory protective equipment was not used owing to the visual impression of low smoke intensity. Many of these materials have been implicated in cardiovascular, respiratory, or neoplastic diseases. This may provide an explanation for the alleged increased risk of developing such diseases among firefighters.
Descriptors (primary) hydrochloric acid; fire fighting; dichlorofluoromethane; carbon monoxide; aldehydes; sulfur dioxide; hydrocyanic acid; fire hazards; occupation disease relation; exposure evaluation; benzene
Descriptors (secondary) respiratory diseases; neoplasms; cardiovascular diseases; toxic substances
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Fires
Inorganic substances
Aldehydes
Carbon monoxide
Halogenated hydrocarbons
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Inorganic sulfur compounds
Halogens and their inorganic compounds