Union acts on new research links cancers to firefighting


The FOA trade union is planning to open old cases related to firefighters and cancer, following the publication of new research that links at least two cancers to firefighting, with further limited evidence in relation to five other cancers. The union argues that there is now sufficient evidence that mesothelioma (linked to asbestos) and bladder cancer may have been triggered by working as a firefighter and should be added to the occupational disease list. FOA has been at the forefront of developing procedures to prevent firefighters from being exposed to the harmful substances that develop from fire smoke and will continue to do this work and press the employer to co-operate. The research will now be assessed by the Occupational Diseases Committee, which will also draw up criteria for the recognition of compensation.

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