Firefighters are exposed to chemicals every day — at the fire ground, at the fire station, and in some firefighting equipment. The Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative (WFBC) wants to know whether women firefighters are exposed to chemicals linked to breast cancer because of their job. To answer this question, the WFBC is comparing chemical exposures in women firefighters and women offce workers in San Francisco.
Your samples are being tested for chemicals used in non-stick or stain resistant coatings, flame retardants, and other emerging compounds of concern in consumer products.
This website includes the results of the chemical measurements that we did with your samples. By clicking through the website, you can learn more about where these chemicals come from, their links to health, and how to reduce exposures in your home and community.