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Six Things Every Volunteer Firefighter Must do to Reduce Their Cancer Risk

After a growing number of reports of firefighters being diagnosed with cancer, a variety of organizations collaborated to study this newly recognized risk. Recently, one of the largest studies of firefighter cancer risks among United States firefighters, conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health with funding by the U.S. Fire Administration and led by the Centers for

Sign Up for the 2021 Fall Protection Webinar Series

Join the 3M Fall Protection Team for a series of informative, online learning opportunities. From learning the ABCDs of fall protection to advanced topics like all about leading edge, challenging tie-offs and confined space safety, our experienced team is here to help you stay safe and compliant. You can register for these webinars at https://engage.3m.com/FallProtectionWebinars. ABCDs of Fall Protection –

Six Characteristics to Recruit for in Volunteer Firefighters

When it comes to personnel, volunteer fire departments are no different than corporations or nonprofit groups. They all need people in the boat rowing toward the same agreed-upon destination. And while that rowing requires hard skills, like a strong back, it also requires soft skills — such as the ability to work as part of a team. In firefighting, the

Realizing Effective Firefighter Rapid Intervention Team Techniques and Equipment

A rapid intervention team (RIT) must have a thorough knowledge of basic and advanced search procedures to be effective at reaching the downed firefighter quickly. The time saved at reducing the search time can be time used at completing an RIT bag change and extrication if needed. This search knowledge can only be gained through constant training and understanding of

U.S. OSHA COVID-19 Violations are on the Rise. Be Prepared.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is moving forward with enforcement of violations related to COVID-19. As of December 18, 2020, the agency has proposed penalties totaling $3,646,228.00. [1] These citations have come as a result of more than 270 inspections and can be

Keeping the Chill Out: Advice for Preventing Cold Stress

Baby, it’s cold outside. But for anyone who works outside or in a cold environment, this is no joke. You may be at risk for cold stress. This includes outdoor jobs involving construction or agriculture as well as indoor jobs that involve things like cold storage. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not have a specific standard

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