Issue 2 and Volume 139.

CHEMICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING —Do We Understand It? HAZARDOUS MATERIALS In recent years, the fire service has become more and more involved with mitigating incidents involving the release of hazardous materials and wastes. In response to this involvement, departments have been budgeting for and receiving approval to procure chemical protective clothing and equipment. The fact that so many departments have gotten the green light to purchase this expensive equipment in these times of tight budgets supports the contention that the public is genuinely concerned about hazardous chemicals. And a genuine concern of the fire service should be just how effective their protective clothing is. CHEMICAL SUIT MISCONCEPTIONS Chemical protective clothing is that clothing designed to afford a known amount of protection against a known type, concentration, and length of exposure to a hazardous substance. Hazardous substance, in this context, is any material that may acutely or chronically effect the human body…

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