Firefighters develop plan to address cancer risk


(June 2016) Following a conference in Oviedo on 8 June, the FSC-CCOO public services federation has called for safety committees in the fire service to implement plan of action to tackle cancer risks for firefighters. The conference discussed the findings of 32 studies involving more than 110,000 firefighters, showing the risks firefighters face through contamination of uniforms, materials and equipment. The union wants to see action to eliminate or reduce the risk of cancer with implementation of routine cleaning and decontamination of equipment. The plan would also involve modifying the design of equipment and adapting the organization of work and times of each intervention to the actual needs of personal protection. Further initiatives would include storage, collection, bagging and labeling of unifiorms and materials for decontamination. Read more at FSC-CCOO (ES)

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