FIRE PREVENTION/PUBLIC SAFETY

FIREFIGHTER SAFETY

MESOTHELIOMA AND ASBESTOS SAFETY:

Asbestos Exposure in the Workplace

Firefighters

There are well over one million firefighters in the United States, both volunteers and those pursuing a career. Being a firefighter is a dangerous occupation for many reasons. Unfortunately, exposure to toxins like asbestos on the job is a serious risk.

Many older buildings built before 1980 contain some asbestos materials. Even though asbestos was used for its heat resistance, in the event of a fire most of these materials will begin to break down and release asbestos fibers into the air. Though in many cases, their protective gear will help prevent exposure, the fibers will continue to linger even after the fire is out. Protection is still vital even when the immediate danger of the flames has been extinguished.

The tragic events of 9/11 also created a lot of dangerous debris and airborne toxins, including asbestos. Reports estimate that around 410,000 people were exposed to these toxins during rescue and cleanup efforts. Since it can take 10 – 50 years for symptoms to show, those who helped during and after the attack should monitor their health and inform their doctor of potential exposure.

Most   At Risk Positions

Examples   of Asbestos Products

  •   Volunteer firefighter
  •   Probationary firefighter
  •   Career firefighter
  •   Fire chief
  •   Lieutenant
  •   Captain
 
  •   Rock Wool Asbestos Blanket
  •   Asbestos helmets
  •   3M Rubber Coated Asbestos Cloth
  •   Amatex Asbestos Cloth
  •   Asbestos gloves
  •   Fire doors

For more information look at:
https://www.maacenter.org/asbestos/occupational-exposure/