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Job Hazards

Wildland fire fighters are at risk of being exposed to fire retardants, hazardous gases, and particulates from burning wood and soil. These men and women work 14-16 hour days, on average, for up to two weeks straight. The conditions are rough. Each fire fighter typically hauls in their own supplies and camps for the duration of the job.

Wildland fire fighters are seasonal employees, which makes it difficult to study long-term health effects of job-related exposures. Therefore, most of our research among wildland fire fighters consists of exposure assessment. This page lists publications and conference presentations from our studies of job hazards among wildland fire fighters.

Conference Presentations:

Acute respiratory effects of smoke exposure in wildland firefighters (Research Symposium 2006)

Publications:

Chemical Exposures

Health hazard evaluation report: HETA 2008-0245-3127, Determining base camp personnel exposures to carbon monoxide during wildland fire suppression activities - California (2011)

Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-98-0173-2782, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado (2000) (carbon monoxide)

Health hazard evaluation report: HETA 90-0365-2415, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, California  (1994) (carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide)

Health hazard evaluation report: HETA 91-312-2185 U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Gallatin National Forest, Montana (1992)  (carbon monoxide,  sulfur dioxide, silica)

Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-88-320-2176, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (1992)

Health hazard evaluation report: HETA 92-045-2260, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, New River Gorge National River, West Virginia (1992)   (sulfur dioxide)

Other

Particle size-dependent radical generation from wildland fire smoke (2007)

NIOSH Hazard ID: Fire fighters exposed to electrical hazards during wildland fire operations. (2005) Publication No. 2002-112

Health hazard evaluation report: HETA 91-152-2140, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Southern California (1991)    (respiratory problems)

 
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