NLC Calls for Cancer Registry for Firefighters, PPE Care

In the wake of its report calling for more study to address the lack of conclusive data in determining possible links between those currently serving as firefighters and specific cancers, the Washington, D.C.-based National League of Cities issued a statement encouraging its members to remain attentive to the health, safety and well-being of employees. NLC describes itself as a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns, and villages and says it represents more than 218 million Americans.

“Even in these difficult economic times, cities must appropriately allocate resources to protect all employees from potential on-the-job dangers,” the group said in the statement. “NLC recognizes that firefighters and other public employees encounter hazardous conditions on the job every day. These dangers can be life threatening and it is important for all employees to have the equipment and training necessary to adequately safeguard against these threats. Furthermore, city employees must be vigilant about using that equipment properly. With proper care, many on–the-job risks can be mitigated.”

To assist with determining if there is a link between specific cancers and firefighting, NLC said it supports a federal registry for firefighter cancers and collaborative research efforts on firefighting and cancer. “We welcome an opportunity to work with firefighter organizations, governmental groups, and other interested parties to address these issues,” the group said in the statement. “It is imperative that cities and their employees work together to mitigate the risks faced by all employees, even if health hazards can never be eliminated. NLC calls on its members and their employees to focus on determining the best ways to safeguard employees given the resources available.”

For more information on NLC, visit its Web site at www.nlc.org.

Product Showcase

  • SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit

    The SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit is a single-use spot test designed for use in screening for cannabis compounds in any sample type or on any surface. The test is capable of identifying the presumed presence of cannabinoids in very small quantities, with a level of detection as little as 6 μg in mass. Learn more about the SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit and the rest of SwabTek surface drug testing solutions through the webinar titled "Everything You Want To Know About Surface Testing" Read More

  • SECUPRO MARTEGO

    FOR HIGHEST DEMANDS. A cutting tool in which function and design go hand in hand. Meet the SECUPRO MARTEGO, our prize-winning squeeze-grip safety knife with fully automatic retractable blade for safety. • Ergonomically friendly trigger mechanism to engage the blade • Durable body made of aluminum • Safer alternative to fixed blade utility knives for general cutting tasks • 9 mm Cutting depth • Easy, tool free blade change Dimensions: L 6.10" L x 0.71" W x 1.91" H Weight: 3.70 oz Cutting Depth: 9 mm Read More

  • Safety Knives

    The Safety Knife Company has developed a quality range of safety knives for all industries. Designed so that fingers cannot get to the blades, these knives will safely cut through cardboard, tape, strapping, shrink or plastic wrap or a variety of other packing materials. Because these knives have no exposed blades and only cut cardboard deep, they will not only protect employees against lacerations but they will also save product. The Metal Detectable versions have revolutionary metal detectable polypropylene knife bodies specifically for the food and pharmaceutical industries. This material can be detected and rejected by typical detection machines and is X-ray visible. Read More

Featured

Webinars