EU urged to take action over high cancer rates among firefighters

(Published by Adam bannister, IFSEC Global)
Cancer rates among firefighters are well above average because of repeated exposure to deadly, toxic smoke, the European Fire Fighters Unions Alliance (EFFUA) warned at a European Parliament meeting of MEPs Against Cancer (MAC).
The alliance of trade unions from 12 European countries is now urging the EU to introduce tough smoke toxicity regulations for construction materials, extra funding for research into the problem and additional resources for improving health training for firefighters.
The discussion was co-organised by Fire Safe Europe (FSEU) and the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL).