The Food Safety and Environmental Stewardship (FSES) group at Oregon State University, with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and in conjunction with colleagues from NRDI are using silicon passive samplers to help define the firefighters chemical exposures. While the firefighter is on duty, samplers are deployed at several areas on or in the firefighters clothing, both while working around the station house and while actively responding to fires. It is hoped that the data from this study can be used to inform estimates of risk associated with chemical exposures resultant from firefighting. 


A research study on 56 Kansas City Firefighters was completed in 2020.
The results are shown in this infographic.



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