Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Action to Warn, Protect Consumers from Dangerous Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol As part of continued action to protect the American public, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care professionals about hand sanitizer products containing methanol, or wood alcohol — a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze that is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizer products and can be toxic when absorbed through the skin as well as life-threatening when ingested. The agency has seen an increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. State officials have also reported recent adverse events from adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol, including blindness, hospitalizations and death. See this webpage for a full list of hand sanitizers we urge consumers not to use: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitzers-methanol
PPE CASE Notes Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Personal Protective Equipment Conformity Assessment Studies and Evaluations (PPE CASE) Notes are fact sheets that provide a summary of findings from our post-market personal protective equipment tests, evaluations, and investigations. These fact sheets inform respirator users about common themes or trends we found and provide best practice reminders to prevent future occurrences. PPE CASE Notes Personal Protective Equipment Conformity Assessment Studies and Evaluation Notes: Firefighter SCBA Facepiece Sizing Issues DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2020-107 Respirators used in the workplace need to be approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). When users experience issues with NIOSH-approved respirators, NIOSH initiates a Certified Product Investigation Process to identify the root cause and develop corrective actions. Below is an example of a past issue that NIOSH addressed through this process. This example focuses on self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) facepiece sizing issues within fire departments.
National Firefighter Registry Congress directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)external icon to create the National Firefighter Registry (NFR) How do I enroll? Enrollment is not yet open, but there will be an opportunity in the near future for all firefighters to enroll. NIOSH will keep this webpage updated as the enrollment period approaches. What is the NFR? The National Firefighter Registry, or NFR, will be a large database of health and occupational information on firefighters that can be used to analyze and track cancer and identify occupational risk factors for cancer to help the public safety community, researchers, scientists and medical professionals find better ways to protect those who protect our communities and environment. With voluntary participation from firefighters, the NFR will include information about firefighter characteristics, work assignments and exposure, and relevant health details to monitor, track and improve our knowledge about cancer risks for firefighters. Why was the NFR created? Studies of cancer in firefighters, including a study published by NIOSH pdf icon found that firefighters may have a greater risk of some types of cancer. But many of these earlier studies did not include volunteer firefighters, or sufficient numbers of female and minority firefighters, to adequately assess their risk. The NFR will include members of these groups, providing a more representative sample of the fire service to gain greater insights into the connection between firefighting and cancer.
FSTAR and the IAFC will be hosting a Firefighter Memorial Wall and a Firefighter Survival Wall. The walls are a place to post a photo or a name of a firefighter who has dealt with or is currently dealing with job-related health issues.
FSTAR has created a list of additional related materials for training. Fire departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during Safety Stand Down in order to focus on training and education related to this year’s theme: “The First 5 Minutes – Stretching the Initial Hose Line, Putting Water on the Fire.”
Students will learn about research-based tactics and principles including flow path, size-up, and thermal hazards associated with structure fires. Students will also learn about the effects of wind on flow path and how wind affects the development of an Incident Action Plan (IAP).
FSTAR, Occupational Risks, and The Need for Firefighter Physicals. It is our belief that very few firefighters undergo the necessary medical monitoring needed to prevent or catch these potentially devastating, life-altering illnesses or injuries.
Using research requires reading it – an often challenging effort given the commitment of time and attention. Research is written in highly technical language, often without definitive, actionable outcomes. While it can make sure research difficult to apply, it also allows for research to continuously improve and refine our understanding of the world around us.
Stay updated with FSTAR's newest Featured Studies. We've broken down the core ideas into downloadable fact sheets so you can get the most out of cutting edge research. Visit our Featured Studies archive to learn more.
The Boston Fire Department, in conjunction with the International Association of Fire Fighters and Local 718, is hosting a two-day symposium May 19-20 to address occupational health and safety issues in the fire service.
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This is a success story of the Houston Fire Department using research to change culture, behaviors, and fireground operations. By better understanding fire dynamics research the department has changed the way they approach fires. This webinar will provide a before and after comparison of risk behaviors. Through training Houston has been successful in the implementation of these practices.
FSTAR is one of several homes for fire service research. Another is the U.S. Fire Administration Library, located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Md. The Library has one of the most comprehensive collections of materials in the United States for both fire and emergency-management research.
The Branford Fire Department, in association with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) present a Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) Townhall.
The Brighton Area Fire Authority, in association with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) present a Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) Townhall.
The townhall is a free one-day training event focused on modern fire behavior research, science and the tactical considerations that can be used to reduce risk to firefighters operating on structure fires.
Annual medical physicals and wellness programs continue to be a critical issue for the fire service. The growing body of research on issues such as cardiac health and exposures risks points to a need to conduct both incumbent and ongoing annual medical physicals for all firefighters.
This month, FSTAR took part in the National Fallen Firefighters’ Research Agenda Symposium. Since 2005, the fire service and researchers have come together to review and set priorities for research. Among the many outcomes of this meeting, the illustration of how much research has been completed is a significant takeaway for us. The Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Dr. Gavin Horn quantified what this means: 66% of fire service health research has happened in the last 10 years. It is critical to leverage this immense and growing body of knowledge into action.
The Oakland Fire Department, San Francisco Fire Department and San Jose Fire Department are partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to present FSTAR Townhalls.
FSTAR is partnering with researchers and experts to answer your questions at Fire-Rescue International. Please stop by any of these events to learn more about FSTAR. If you are not attending FRI, send us your questions via Twitter @FSTAR_Research or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to FSTAR! Our new flagship website, fstaresearch.org, includes a searchable research library and user-friendly summaries of cutting-edge research. We’ve gathered together over 200 research studies for you. Pick a keyword and start your search! Check out our new video on how to use the FSTAR website.
The first 50 website testers will receive an FSTAR luggage tag!
As we prepare for a full launch of the Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research (FSTAR) project at Fire-Rescue International in August, we need your help in testing its website. We are making this process as simple and easy as possible. No previous experience or special equipment is required!
Visit us at Booth #1804 at Firehouse Expo to learn more about FSTAR and research that can help you! Stop by for a preview of the upcoming FSTAR website and all things you can expect from FSTAR in the next few months. We are gearing up for a full website launch at Fire-Rescue International and are attending events like Firehouse Expo to get valuable feedback from our target audience – you!
Stop by for a preview of the upcoming FSTAR website launch and all things you can expect from FSTAR in the next few months. We are gearing up for a full website launch at Fire-Rescue International and are attending events like the NFPA conference to get valuable feedback from our target audience – you!