Sacramento, CA – National Exposure Reporting, Inc. announced today that the company’s recently developed exposure reporting service is now available to all firefighters and EMS providers nationwide. The company’s website can be found at www.reportexposures.com. The Web site provides important information all firefighters should know about exposures and exposure reporting.
Although the concept of exposure reporting has been a part of the fire service for quite some time, many firefighters have been reluctant to take advantage of this type of service. The importance of maintaining a record of exposures has been in the spotlight in recent months as a result of disputes over compensation between firefighters and city officials regarding Hepatitis C outbreaks in alarming numbers in the cities of Philadelphia, Orlando, and Pittsburgh. Firefighters have realized that they must have a record of their exposures in order to protect themselves in the event of an illness. Without proper documentation workers’ compensation claims can be disputed or even denied.
Many states have presumptive laws that exist to protect firefighters who become ill with cancer, hepatitis A, B, and C, HIV, tuberculosis, meningitis, hernia, pneumonia, and heart and lung problems. Although the laws are presumptive in most cases the burden of proof is placed on the firefighters. They must document any exposures that may lead to illness.
Firefighters across the United States are exposed to carcinogens, toxic smoke, hazardous materials, biohazards, airborne pathogens, blood borne diseases, and many other harmful substances daily. The cancer rate among firefighters has increased dramatically over the past thirty years. The number of firefighters infected with Hepatitis C and tuberculosis from exposures to patients is appalling.
“The need for exposure reporting has never been greater.” According to Seth Davis, a spokesperson for National Exposure Reporting, Inc. “The concept of our service is simple, its like insurance. In the unfortunate event of an illness if you have a record of your exposures you can use that record to prove your illness is job related so you can receive the benefits you deserve.” According to Davis, firefighters in California have been reporting exposures for the past ten years. Some departments across the United States have tried to form their own record keeping systems but until the creation of National Exposure Reporting, Inc., the majority of U.S. firefighters have had no way to keep track of their exposures. “Our goal is to see that all firefighters are given the same opportunities to protect themselves by reporting their exposures.” Said Davis.
For more information visit www.reportexposures.com