A Review of Occupational Health Acute Chemical Exposure Surveillance Systems for the First Responder Population

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Title: A Review of Occupational Health Acute Chemical Exposure Surveillance Systems for the First Responder Population
Author: Combs, Brian
Abstract: First responders, defined in this review as law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services, are a population at risk for occupational exposures to chemical substances. This review aimed to identify acute chemical exposure surveillance systems at the federal, state, and local levels with relevance to the first responder population. Both white and gray literature searches were conducted to understand existing surveillance systems and to formulate recommendations for first responder acute chemical exposure surveillance design. No consistent surveillance system design could be determined from the search. Nor was an adequate state or federal surveillance system identified to understand acute chemical exposures among first responders. However, a conceptual model for public health surveillance systems, a recommended set of data inputs, and relevant occupational health indicators were determined. These were combined into a framework to inform first responder acute chemical exposure surveillance design.
Date: 2019-05
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.20/36934


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