Twenty years after the 9-11 attacks, we are just now seeing evidence of the long-term impact of exposure to carcinogens: cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, renal disease and respiratory disease, among other health complications. This is the harsh reminder of the reality of first responders’ work environments, each and every day.
Your personnel face health and safety risks every day, in their mission to protect others. It’s your job to protect them. The nature of first responders’ uncontrolled work environments lead to unanticipated exposure to dangerous chemicals, opioids, bodily fluids, fumes and hazardous building materials, among others. The role of the OHS professional is to help first responders Anticipate, Recognize, Evaluate, Control, and Communicate these hazards – before, during, and after emergencies.
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) professionals work alongside Safety Officers during normal work activity, and in emergency response. They identify potential risks – not just the ones that are obvious today, but the ones that can have long-term health effects, some of which take 20 years to surface.
You worry not just about today, but about what tomorrow might bring. While first responders are at a higher level of health risks due to the potentially dangerous environment in which they work, these risks – and the costly downstream that comes with them – can be minimized by working with an occupational health and safety expert.
Learn more about how an OHS professional works with first responders:
- Opioids and Protection of Workers Involved in Opioid Response (webinar)
- Decision Time: Exposure Models for Emergency Response (By Dyron Hamlin, 2018 March Synergist)
- More Than Cancer: The New Health Threat Facing 9/11 First Responders, Significant Differences (Healthline)
- The Long-Term Health Effects of September 11, 2001 (Renal & Urology News)