This week, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released a safety bulletin on firefighter protective hoods. The NFPA warns that the hoods don’t stop soot, chemicals and other hazardous, potentially cancer-causing, substances from depositing on a firefighter’s neck and head. Read the bulletin PDF 229 KB
The USFA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are working to clarify the relationship between firefighter occupational exposures and cancer. Early study findings are adding to evidence of a causal association between firefighting and cancer. Learn more about our cancer study.
More information on the web
- NFPA personal protective equipment (PPE) cleaning validation project
- Recommended actions related to reducing the known risk of cancer in firefighters