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FDIC 2012: Nanotechnology and the Firefighter

The prevention of needless illness and line of duty deaths due to cancer caused by firefighting inspired the FDIC 2012 Wednesday morning classroom session, "Nanotechnology and the Firefighter," presented by Captain Peter McBride of Ottawa (Canada) Fire Services. The fire service has been successful in advocating for presumptive legislation with respect to occupational exposures and certain cancers. We know we get cancer from our work, yet we do not practice basic industrial hygiene! We document exposures in case we get cancer, McBride said, but we don't put into place very simple rules and actions to limit our exposure to the toxic effects of fire after the incident! ...

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