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Evaluation of antimony and mercury exposure in fire fighters.
de Perio MA; Durgam S
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Oct; 15(4):417
The HHE Program responded to a request to investigate fire fighters' potential exposure to antimony through their station uniform pants made of FireWear fabric. FireWear fabric contains antimony trioxide, which is often used for its flame retardant properties. HHE Program investigators reviewed results from hair and urine tests that had been performed by fire fighters' personal physicians prior to the NIOSH investigation and then collected urine samples to measure urine antimony and mercury levels. Investigators also administered a questionnaire asking about personal characteristics and work history. Investigators found that firefighters who had worn pants made from FireWear fabric had urine antimony levels similar to those who had not worn these pants; both groups had urine mercury levels below or within the expected range for the general population. HHE Program investigators found that wearing pants made from FireWear fabric did not pose a health hazard from antimony exposure. HHE Program investigators recommended that station uniforms that comply with the National Fire Protection Association 1975 standard continue to be issued and worn at fire stations and also recommended that garment label instructions be followed when washing station uniforms. The final report is available at: <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2009-0025-0076-3085.pdf"target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2009-0025-0076-3085.pdf</a>.
Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting-equipment; Fire-protection-equipment; Emergency-responders; Flame-retardants; Heavy-metals
Issue of Publication
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Page last reviewed: September 4, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division