Preventing Occupational Exposures to Carcinogens at the Fire Scene Credit Hours: 3 Approximate reading time: 0.5 Hours Approximate online time: 0.5 Hours This Program is Coming Soon! Register Today NFPA Documents Disclaimer- NFPA and other resource editions cited within the CFITrainer.Net site were current as of the release of the respective modules. The field of fire investigation and its guiding documents are constantly evolving and it is incumbent upon the fire investigator to remain up to date with the guidance in the current editions of the documents referenced in all modules on CFITrainer.Net, regardless of which edition was used in the writing of the module. Program Abstract Cancer-causing vapors and particulates are present in the air and on object surfaces at fire scenes. Fire investigators and other personnel who work these fire scenes can be exposed to carcinogens in multiple ways, including through inhalation and skin absorption, as they discharge their duties. The effects of these exposures may be cumulative and may not manifest as cancer or other diseases for many years. As more research is undertaken to better understand the specific risks and thus how to mitigate those risks, there is consensus among public health professionals that there are steps fire investigators can take at every scene to reduce and limit their exposure to substances that are known to cause cancer and other diseases. In this module, you will learn more about how cancer develops, what occupational exposure risks to carcinogens exist at fire scenes, and how to better protect yourself against those exposures. Although every fire scene is different, and no statement or recommendation is an absolute; all recommendations in this program present best practices in most situations.