A new bill passed by the Georgia House of Representatives would make it
possible for firefighters to receive workers' compensation for certain
As WTOC.com reports, the new bill would make cancer a recognized occupational disease for
firefighters across the state.
According to experts, advances in firefighter safety gear have not totally
eliminated firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens. It's not just
what these workers breathe in while on the job but what they touch, as well.
"They have to wear their respiratory protection at every call that
has a possible hazardous atmosphere, they wear their protective clothing,"
Albany Fire Chief Ron Rowe said. "But, on the back end, we have to
get the contamination off them." The bill, which has not yet been
scheduled for a Senate vote, is accompanied by research that shows that
firefighters get cancer one and a half to two times more frequently than
workers from other industries.
New Safety Measures
While smoke inhalation is a well-known cancer risk for firefighters, our
understanding of cancer prevention has expanded to include other exposures
firefighters face, as well. Namely, fire byproducts that remain on their
gear during the course of their duties.
While this protective gear is effective in shielding firefighters from
heat and smoke, it also allows the byproduct contaminants to find their
way to the firefighter. "That is the thing [protective gear] that
is touching their body also," Rowe added. "So we are absorbing
those contaminants still through our skin."
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