Safety alert: Take care to clean protective hoods

Posted: Feb. 2, 2017

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

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The bulletin recommends that fire departments, under their health and safety programs, include practices for the care and maintenance of hoods (see NFPA 1851 for guidance).

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.

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