NFPA Standards Update: Controlling Exposure to Fireground Toxic Contaminants

Exposure to fireground toxic contaminants is a leading cause of firefighter occupational cancer. While many departments have made great strides to adopt best practices to prevent and mitigate firefighter exposures, many still lag behind. Over the past several years, several National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)  technical committees have been working on developing the next generation of safety and personal protective equipment (PPE) standards to help reduce the risk of exposure and contamination to firefighters.

Many of these standards have recently released their latest revisions. This presentation reviews the PPE use and exposure control changes in the relevant NFPA standards, including NFPA 1500, where a new chapter dedicated solely to this important issue was added. It also covers work on a major revision to NFPA 1984 (Rehabilitation) that aims to include post-fire exposure control and hygiene. A review of cancer-screening criteria in NFPA 1582 (Medical) is also covered.

Please join us for this webcast sponsored by TenCate Protective Fabrics.

Presented by:

David Bernzweig

Battalion Chief, Columbus (OH) Division of Fire