Issues in the development of a health risk tool for fire fighters.
Berlin-JA; McKinlay-SM; Thorington-BD; Gute-DM
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Contract 200-87-2537, 1989 Jan; :1-25
An instrument was designed to address the unique hazards faced by fire fighters. This hazard risk appraisal (HRA) was developed as a qualitative health education tool. The principal function of the HRA was to heighten awareness of health and safety issues and factors that affect risk of injury or disease. The objectives of this HRA were to identify the health outcomes that are of specific concern to the occupational group of fire fighters; to identify known risk factors for the identified outcomes; to identify relations between risk factors and outcomes that differ in fire fighters compared to the general population; to assess the relationships between behavioral and environmental factors and the outcomes; to assess the modifiability of risk factors by the individual and to relate information to participants concerning their personal risks; and to develop models to quantify risks and combine the effects of risk factors. Six health outcomes of concern to fire fighters were addressed in this project: hearing loss, loss of lung function, occupational cancer, infectious diseases, coronary heart disease, and traumatic injury. Even though a quantitative risk assessment tool was not produced by this project, the authors suggest that a potentially useful health education tool and data collection instrument was developed which should prove useful in creating a safer environment for fire fighters.
NIOSH-Contract; Firemen; Risk-analysis; Noise-exposure; Carcinogens; Hazardous-materials; Pulmonary-function; Cardiovascular-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Traumatic-injuries
Final Contract Report
NTIS Accession No.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
New England Research Institute, Watertown, Massachusetts