The Indianapolis presentation will focus on prevention best practices and provide an overview of a new industry initiative in development by ISEA and the Dropped Objects Solutions Committee that seeks to standardize solutions.
Your first line of defense is using your head to eliminate hazards and implement engineering and administrative controls.
More than 3.5 million adults and children suffer an acquired brain injury every year. Traumatic brain injury, a subset of ABI, affects at least 2.5 million children and adults annually in this country, with 280,000 TBI hospitalizations and 50,000 TBI deaths recorded annually.
Hazards overhead are a concern for workers in many industries, notably upstream oil and gas and construction.
"Given the increase in occupational cancer incidents in the fire service, we feel it is best to err on the side of caution as we await additional scientific research on PPE and learn more about the absorption of carcinogens near the forehead, jaw, neck, and throat," said Ed Conlin, the NFPA Public Fire Protection division's manager.
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has a partner in this work -- the Japanese Ministry of Defense. On Dec. 19, 2016, Japanese medical researchers visited Maryland for an update on the work.