Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks on Today's Training Ground

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article Highlights Firefighters' and Instructors’ Absorption of PAHs and Benzene During Training Exercises

April 1, 2019

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The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) Director Stephen Kerber and Research Engineer Gavin Horn authored a peer-reviewed journal article along fellow researchers that was published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. The "Firefighters' and Instructors’ Absorption of PAHs and Benzene During Training Exercises" focuses on research results from the Cardiovascular & Chemical Exposure Risks on Today's Training Ground study. 

Although firefighters are exposed to smoke on the fireground during actual emergencies, a major portion of their occupational exposure may take place during live-fire training. The severity of the training exposures varies depending on the type of training scenarios and fuels used to simulate realistic conditions. This article details research conducted to understand how live-fire training may contribute to firefighters' and instructors' chemical exposures by monitoring the use of various fuels and environments including combinations of pallets, straw, oriented strand board (OSB), or the use of simulated smoke.

The research for this study was funded by U.S Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency grants. Research was conducted by UL FSRI, IFSI Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Skidmore College.

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