Superstorm Sandy Disaster Management and Firefighter Chemical Exposures

1 Hour 31 Minutes
SKU: 14ACOEM-308

TRACK(S): Environmental Health and Risk Management

Jaspal S. Arora, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOEM*, Aurora Health Care, Harford, WI (Co-Moderator)
Rupali Das, MD, MPH, FACOEM*, California Division of Workers’ Compensation, Oakland, CA (Co-Moderator)
Leslie Israel, DO, MPH, FACOEM*, University of California, Irvine, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Irvine, CA
P. Mona Khanna, MD, MPH, FACP, FACPM, FACOEM*, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

In this session we will explore the nexus of occupational and environmental concerns during both disasters and routine work. A timeline of Sandy’s catastrophic effect and the process by which hundreds of the nation’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) members were
deployed to mitigate the human toll will be discussed, along with the composition and role of the medical team, its stakeholders, and how it functions as a paramilitary organization to provide medical care. The session will review the various chemical exposures firefighters encounter during routine and emergency response work, as well as during home activities. Gases, vapors, and particles are released during responses to structural or vehicular fire, building collapse, hazardous material spills, and during overhaul or clean up processes. Diet and
various work and personal practices also contribute to chemical body burden. This session is sponsored by the Environmental Health Special Interest Section.

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