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Industrial Process - Firefighting.
Darby-GH; Dukich-A; Hargens-CW; Hill-HG; Hsiao-SH; Liss-Suter-D; Mason-R; Miller-LM
NIOSH 1978 Apr:11-27
An information profile on the potential occupational hazards of firefighting (SIC-9224) is presented. Process descriptions, relevant chemical and physical agents, the number of workers exposed or employed, biologic effects of substances encountered, and existing exposure standards are included. Incidence of mortality, injury, and morbidity is presented. The authors conclude that a firefighter may be exposed to any chemical or physical agent normally present in the immediate environment, but the exposure may be many orders of magnitude more severe than usually encountered. In addition, the firefighter can expect exposure to thermal stress, humidity, decreased oxygen availability, and some degree of emotional stress.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-77-0167; Fire-protection; Forestry-services; Mortality-data; Accident-statistics; Psychological-factors; Psychological-stress; Chemical-exposure; Thermal-stress; Toxic-effects;
Information Profiles on Potential Occupational Hazards: Final Report - April, 1978, NIOSH, Rockville, Maryland
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division