Evaluation of Exposures and Health Effects in Fire Fighters Following Response to a Chemical Fire   [open pdf - 422KB]

From the Report: "The national union representing fire fighters requested assistance after a municipal fire department responded to a fire at a chemical manufacturer and distributor [...] The request concerned chemical exposures these fire fighters may have experienced during their response activities and asked for guidance on long-term medical monitoring for those who participated in this response. [...] We conducted two site visits. During both site visits, all fire fighters from this department who responded to the chemical fire were invited to participate [...] Many fire fighters who participated in the response reported symptoms during or shortly after the response. Most fire fighters who had symptoms related to the response fully recovered, although some fire fighters had persistent symptoms after 4 months. [...] The department's action of performing spirometry after the response was appropriate due to the predominance of respiratory symptoms reported among responding fire fighters but future spirometry testing and the existing medical monitoring program can be improved."

Report Number:
HHE Report No. 2018-0080-3350; Health Hazard Evaluation Program Report No. 2018-0080-3350
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
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