Fire service organizational-level characteristics are associated with adherence to contamination control practices in florida fire departments

Paola Louzado-Feliciano, Kevin A. Griffin, Katerina M. Santiago, Natasha Schaefer Solle, Tulay Koru-Sengul, Casey Grant, Neal Niemczyk, David J. Lee, Erin N. Kobetz, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez

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Abstract

Objectives: To characterize the types of contamination control practices followed by Florida fire departments and examine the association between fire department organizational-level characteristics and adherence to contamination control practices. Methods: Using a cross-sectional study design, a survey was administered to 142 Florida firefighters. Validated survey measures assessed organizational level characteristics and 32 recommended national contamination control practices. Results: An average of 18.9 contamination control practices (standard deviation=5.54; min=3; max=30) were reported by fire departments of which, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) according to manufacturer instructions (98.9%) and access to special machine for cleaning (91%) were most cited. Fire departments with one or more health and safety officers had significantly higher implementation of contamination control practices (P=0.032). Conclusion: Health and safety officers may have a positive impact on the number of contamination control practices followed in Florida fire departments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E508-E514
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume62
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cancer risk
  • Contamination control
  • Decontamination
  • Fire service
  • Firefighters
  • Florida
  • Health and safety officers
  • Organizational characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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