New York State Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance Project (HSEES)
- "Responder Injuries in New York" is also available in Portable Document Format (PDF, 49KB, 2pg.)
Responder Injuries in New York (1993-2000)
During the past eight years, HSEES has received reports of 246 injured responders. There were probably many more that we did not learn about. More than half the injured responders (54%) wore firefighter turnout gear and another 21% wore NO personal protective equipment (PPE). Our data indicate that many of these injuries may have been avoided with proper training and appropriate protective gear.
The goal of the HSEES project is to share lessons learned to reduce injuries and death from exposure to hazardous substances. Responders should review the lessons learned from these hazardous substances events and use this information to reduce future injuries.
|Injuries most frequently reported for responders wearing firefighter turnout gear|
|Dizziness and other CNS effects||28%|
|Chemicals most frequently associated with events with responder injuries|
|Factors contributing to a release in events with responder injuries|
|All other causes||26%|
|Number of events: 81|
|LESSON:||WEAR APPROPRIATE PPE. FIREFIGHTER TURNOUT GEAR IS FIRE RESISTANT
BUT MAY NOT PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM CHEMICALS.
|LESSON:||WEAR APPROPRIATE RESPIRATORY PROTECTION.|
|LESSON:||KNOW YOUR CHEMICALS AND THEIR HEALTH EFFECTS.|
KNOW YOUR SCENE.
DO NOT RUSH IN UNTIL YOU DO.
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