PFAS in Protective Gear Put Firefighters at Risk of Cancer 

PFAS in Protective Gear Put Firefighters at Risk of Cancer 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has required PFAS, cancer-causing chemicals used in manufacturing, in firefighting gear for years despite cancer being the leading killer of firefighters. An extensive investigative two-part story by E&E News’ Ariel Wittenberg reveals not only the dangers of current equipment standards but the lengths the NFPA has gone to hide them.

Why This Matters: A study of 30,000 firefighters from 2010 to 2015 found that firefighters have an increased risk of many different cancers including: leukemia, malignant mesothelioma, bladder and prostate cancers, lung cancer, brain cancer, and digestive and oral cancers.

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The Added Pollution Potential of PPE Waste

The Added Pollution Potential of PPE Waste

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on human health, the waste produced by our response to it is posing immense risks to the health of our environment as well,  Talib Visram reported for Fast and Company. According to Visram, the “flood of PPE could cause immediate […]

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Health Heroes:  Nurses Who Speak Truth To Power

Health Heroes: Nurses Who Speak Truth To Power

Wednesday was National Nurses Day and this year, in particular, all nurses are our heroes.  We know they are an indispensable part of our health care system and they are working in conditions that are far less protective than what they deserve.  In particular, shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) persist in many areas of […]

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