Firefighter Exposure to Smoke Particulates

Report Date: April 2010

UL partnered with the Chicago Fire Department and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine to investigate the causal relationship between sub-micron smoke particles and the risk of cardiovascular problems. Data was collected on firefighters’ exposure to smoke and gas effluents during routine firefighting operation, as well as contact exposure from contaminated personal protective equipment.


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    UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities they serve. With a team of experts and access to UL’s leading infrastructure, equipment and vast knowledge and insights, FSRI conducts and disseminates cutting-edge research and training programs that focus on the changing dynamics of residential, commercial and industrial fires, and the impact they have on fire service tactics and strategies.

Fabian, Thomas, Ph.D., Jacob Borgerson, Ph.D., Stephen Kerber, Pravinray Gandhi, Ph.D., Stuart Baxter, Ph.D., Clara Sue Ross, M.D., J.D., James Lockey, M.D., James Dalton. Firefighter Exposure to Smoke Particulates. Northbrook, IL: Underwriters Laboratories, Inc, 2010. Print.

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