A new fact sheet that aims to keep wildland firefighters safe and healthy provides information about common work-related hazards and recommended practices for on-duty firefighters. Long shifts and stressful work conditions put wildland firefighters at increased risk for negative health impacts and injuries, according to NIOSH. The most common causes of fatalities for wildland firefighters since 2001 were aircraft incidents, vehicle incidents, and cardiac-related events, the agency notes.
The fact sheet also includes a section that lists recommended practices that supervisors should follow to keep firefighters safe during wildland fires.
View the fact sheet on NIOSH’s website.
As part of its Health Hazard Evaluation Program, NIOSH evaluated employees’ exposures to carbon monoxide (CO) during wildland fire suppression activities in a report released in August.