Fire & Rescue: PPE and Duty of Care Forum

Fire & Rescue:
PPE and Duty of Care Forum

2nd February 2016
The Macdonald Burlington Hotel
Birmingham, UK

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Fire & Rescue: PPE and Duty of Care Forum

Tuesday 2nd February 2016

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Dave Matthews, Chair of the UK (BSI) Protective Clothing Committee, Lead in Europe (CEN) and internationally (ISO) on protective clothing, Managing Director of Fire & Industrial PPE

10:15 - 10:45

Firefighters and risk of cancers: latest research

-The difficulties of establishing occupational causation i.e. linking exposures with increased cancer risk in firefighters
-What the published evidence has found in terms of  cancer risk in firefighters, particularly relating to cancer type
-What the possible explanantions are for the reported increased cancer risk in firefighters

Chris Barber, Deputy Chief Medical Officer HSL, Respiratory Consultant, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

10:45 -11:15

PPE - what can go wrong?

-Overview of case studies from HSE investigations
-Common PPE issues from fatal firefighter investigations
-Thermal burden on firefighters

Nick Baxter, Engineering and Personal Safety Unit, Health & Safety Laboratory

11:15 - 11:45

EN 469/2005/2014/2015/2005 – the new standard

-Introduction to CEN – how standards are made and why
-The new standard - changes and revisions
-Implications for Fire & Rescue Services across Europe

Dave Matthews, Chair of the UK (BSI) Protective Clothing Committee

11:45 -12:15

 Morning Coffee Break and exhibition viewing

12:15 - 12:45

Fluorochemicals and the fire service

Fluorochemical applications in the Fire Service: AFFF and PPE.

-Environmental problems with fluorochemicals: impacts, solutions and operational effectiveness
-The Changing Regulatory Landscape and the need for change
-Lifetime Costs: disposal and remediation costs, cost-benefit-analysis

Roger A. Klein, Cambridge UK and Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies (RaCERS), John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, New York USA

12:45 - 13:15

Fabrics and protection

-Firefighting clothing - fabric performance
Durable water repellent fabric finish – expectations and challenges
Care & maintainance recommendations

Pavla Krizman Lavric, Product Development Engineer, TenCate Protective Fabrics

13:15 -14:15

 Lunch break and exhibition viewing

14:15 - 14:45

Breathable and durable waterproof textiles

-Water and stain repellency options for PPE
-Lab and field performance
-Environmental properties

Bernhard Kiehl, Sustainability Programme Leader, Fabrics Division, WL Gore & Associates

14:45 - 15:15

Healthy Firefighters - Skelleftea Model

-What is the project Healthy firefighters?
Why knowledge and insight?
What are we doing about the problem?

Stefan Magnusson, Principal Health & Safety Representative, Skelleftea Fire & Rescue service, Sweden

15:15 - 15:45

Strategies for ensuring duty of care: the managed service

-Controlled washing and drying
-Pre & Post wash inspection and repairs
-Traceability - Reporting life of garments and wearers

Robert Howard, Managing Director, Rocliff Workwear

15:45 - 16:00

Afternoon coffee break and exhibition viewing

6:00 - 16:30

The PPE Evolution

-From fabric selection and garment design to performance, care and maintenance
-Where we are today and what the future may hold    
Ian Callaghan, PBI Performance Products

16:30 - 17:00

Panel Discussion: A new standard is required to ensure firefighters are protected from newly-identified occupational hazards

Iain Evans, Crew Commander - Operational Training Department, West Midlands Fire Service

17:00 - 17:45

Closing remarks and drinks reception