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Controlling diesel exhaust exposure inside firehouses.
Baldwin TN; Hales TR; Niemeier MT
Fire Eng 2011 Feb; 164(2):63-64, 66, 68, 70-74
Diesel exhaust in firehouses has been and continues to be a problem for many firefighters. A diesel-powered apparatus generates exhaust whenever it leaves or returns to a station. If not properly captured, this exhaust will enter not only the apparatus bay but also the firefighters' living quarters. As a result, firefighters can be exposed to diesel exhaust for a significant portion of their shifts. Scientific evidence suggests an association between lung cancer and occupational exposure to diesel exhaust emissions. Safety and health professionals at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have evaluated several fire stations for diesel exhaust through its Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program. We address the health effects of diesel exhaust, the amount of diesel exhaust typically found in fire stations, and the controls and work practices that can reduce firefighters' exposure.
Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Fire-hazards; Diesel-emissions; Diesel-engines; Diesel-exhausts; Motor-vehicles; Emergency-responders; Lung-cancer; Biological-effects; Health-hazards; Work-environment; Air-sampling; Indoor-air-pollution; Indoor-environmental-quality; Particulates; Breathing-zone; Control-technology; Engineering-controls; Exposure-assessment; Risk-analysis; Polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons; Carcinogens; Respiratory-system-disorders; Work-practices; Exhaust-ventilation; Ventilation
Journal Article; Lay Publication
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Services: Public Safety
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