Research Projects - health
Protection from Chemical, Thermal, and Cardiovascular Risks: Impact of PPE Laundering and Hood Design
January 1, 2017
Research project led by the Illinois Fire Service Institute in partnership with UL FSRI and NIOSH to research ppe laundering.
Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks on Today’s Training Ground
July 30, 2016
Examining cardiovascular and chemical exposure risks during fire training scenarios.
Assessing the Cardiovascular and Chemical Risks Faced by Firefighters
September 24, 2015
Examining critical fire service health concerns led by IFSI in partnership with UL FSRI and NIOSH
Study of the Fire Service Training Environment: Safety, Fidelity, and Exposure
August 6, 2015
Bridging the gap between the training ground and the fireground.
Study of the Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival
August 1, 2014
This ongoing project aims to evaluate various fire attack methods and their effect on firefighter safety and occupant survivability
Firefighter Exposure to Smoke Particulates
August 1, 2007
Measuring what is in smoke from materials, to rooms, to the fireground in partnership with Chicago Fire Department and University of Cincinnati
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The Science of UL Xplorlabs: Fire Forensics
Join UL FSRI Research Director Dan Madrzykowski for a deeper look at fire investigation through the science of fire dynamics and ventilation. Learn how investigators build their claims supported by evidence to explain how and where a fire starts. Then, learn how students mirror this process through the Fire Forensics module. Eigth-grade teacher Travis Koupal will also discuss how he implemented Xplorlabs Fire Forensics through distance-learning with his middle school students.
Inhalation Risks Related To Cardiovascular & Chemical Exposure Risks on Today’s Fireground
The three primary routes of exposure on the fireground include inhalation, ingestion, and dermal absorption. As products of combustion are emitted into the air from the fire source, one of the most direct routes for exposure of the firefighter is to breathe them in, which will allow absorption into the body through the respiratory system. This presentation will review recent data produced by the UL FSRI-IFSI-NIOSH “Cardiovascular & Chemical Exposure Risks in Today’s Fire Service” related to inhalation exposures that may be encountered during and after a firefight.
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