Fitness-for-Duty Assessments of Industrial Firefighters: Guidance for Occupational Medicine Physicians

Industrial firefighters share many characteristics with municipal firefighters; however, employers frequently have not addressed or characterized the unique job duties, hazards, and specific physical/ mental demands associated with industrial firefighting. In addition, gaps exist in the medical literature with regard to industrial firefighter demographics, behavioral risk factors, and chronic diseases. This guidance statement highlights these gaps and suggests research opportunities to enhance the health and safety of this population. This document recommends best practices for determining an industrial firefighter’s fitness-for-duty and characterizes the demographic make-up of the industrial firefighter.
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