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Cal/OSHA Advises Employers to Protect Workers Against Smoke from Wildfires
On October 27, 2019, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) – an agency more commonly known as Cal/OSHA that helps protect the health and safety of employees in California workplaces – advised employers to protect workers from harmful exposure if the air quality is unhealthy due to the smoke from the wildfires in Northern and Southern California.
NIOSH Safety Firefighter Advisory: Translucent Corrugated Roof Panels May Contribute to Increased Fall Risk during Roof Operations
NIOSH recommends that all fire departments immediately take actions to reduce the risk of fire fighters being injured or killed while operating on roofs that contain translucent corrugated roof panels.
Fire Fighter Fatality Map
NIOSH's Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation & Prevention Program conducts investigations of selected work-related fire fighter deaths. This site shows which deaths have "pending" or "completed" NIOSH investigations with links to final reports.
NIOSH Alert: Preventing Deaths and Injuries of Fire Fighters using Risk Management Principles at Structure Fires
Risk management principles must be applied at all structure fires to ensure the appropriate strategy and tactics are used based on the fireground conditions encountered.
Preventing Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens among Paramedics
Patient care puts paramedics at risk of exposure to blood. These exposures carry the risk of infection from bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.
NIOSH Alert: Preventing Fire Fighter Fatalities Due to Heart Attacks and Other Sudden Cardiovascular Events
To reduce deaths caused by on-duty cardiovascular events, NIOSH recommends that fire departments and fire fighters follow established medical screening guidelines, adopt risk reduction measures during fire fighting operations, and develop and participate in comprehensive wellness/fitness programs.
Traffic Hazards to Fire Fighters While Working Along Roadways
Any fire fighter working along any type of roadway runs the risk of being struck by a motorist. To prevent such incidents, NIOSH recommends that fire departments and fire fighters take actions contained in this document.