Apparatus & Equipment, Health & Safety

What’s Bugging You? SCBA and Infection Control

Issue 12 and Volume 173.

By Shane M. Parker and Cassie Kruczek Don’t take your work problems to your home and don’t take your home problems to work is sound advice. At one fire department, firefighters voiced their concerns to the infection control officer about what they might be exposed to at work that they might take home and expose their families to. How can firefighters reduce or prevent their exposure to and the spread of communicable infections? Reflecting on the previous year’s annual infection control education, members wondered whether they were doing enough for infection control. They had concentrated on the big items (e.g., cancer reduction, injury prevention, and physical/mental health), but did they miss something? Background and Problem Identification According to nationally recognized standards such as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, and regulations such as blood borne pathogen standard Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)…

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