Essay about The National Institute For Occupational Safety And Health

1634 Words Jul 26th, 2015 7 Pages
Firefighting is known to be one of the most physically demanding jobs in the world. Any firefighter can attest to this statement and it is well known that personal health and wellness are important in the firefighting profession. Demands are placed on the body in several different facets. These include but are not limited to physical, psychological, and sometimes emotional stresses to the human body. Throughout a long firefighting career the stresses can begin to be overwhelming and start to affect the firefighter negatively.
Unfortunately, the firefighting profession accumulates a large number of on duty deaths per year. The most frequent cause of on duty deaths for firefighters is heart attacks. In 2013, 106 firefighters died while on duty, 36 of those deaths were caused by heart attacks (FEMA, 2015). FEMA also tracks statistics from January 2004 until December 2013 where there have been 488 firefighter deaths due to heart attack. That is an average of 49 per year.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health also known, as NIOSH is an institute within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention commonly know as the CDC. The CDC is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH conducts investigations into all on duty firefighter fatalities.
The first report released by NIOSH in 2015 is titled Fire Engineer Suffers Sudden Cardiac Death at Shift Change –…

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