Cancer Risk among Ohio Structural Firefighters; and Preventing Firefighter Injuries when Handling Obese Patients [4723]
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Room: D180

   Steven Lavender, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
   Olorunfemi Adetona, Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University

Track: Research and Development
Session Type: Educational Session
Skill Level: Basic

The speakers present two studies from The Ohio State University. The first speaker describes research to determine factors that contribute to the occupational exposures of structural firefighters to contaminants emitted in smoke, and determine the association between their occupational exposures and cancer risk. The speaker covers the study methodology and how this research will fill in knowledge gaps. The second speaker describes research aimed at identifying tools and work methods that could reduce physical demands on firefighters and emergency medical service responders. Responders are encountering heavier patients more frequently, which in turn increases exposure to injury risk to those lifting the patient. This presentation describes the ergonomic solutions the speakers are investigating in this project and the current state of the research findings.

Learning Objectives:
Recall the potentially toxic components of smoke emitted in structural fires and their sources
Discuss the associated potential cancer risk of such exposures
Identify the patient handling scenarios that firefighters and emergency medical service responders routinely encounter
Explain if the proposed ergonomic solutions are usable and useful

CEU Hours:  
  IACET: 0.1
  HRCI: 1
  CCM: 1
  CRC: 1
  RN: 1
  CDMS: 1
  BWC Discount Programs: 1

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Cancer Risk among Ohio Structural Firefighters

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