Silicone wristbands track firefighters’ exposures to harmful chemicals


Researchers have used silicone wristbands to track firefighters’ exposures to 134 potentially carcinogenic chemicals. Analysis of the chemicals absorbed by the wristbands over a six-day shift show that while some exposures are linked to being at the scene of a fire, others aren’t. This suggests that just being a firefighter means you are exposed to more of these compounds than the average adult, regardless of whether you respond to a fire.

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