NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Are you concerned about how new laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana will affect workplace safety?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote Results

Lawmakers to NIOSH: Reconsider covering cancer for 9/11 responders

September 21, 2011

Tags
  • / Print
  • Reprints
  • Text Size:
    A A

New York – Nine New York lawmakers filed a petition Sept. 7 requiring NIOSH Director and 9/11 Health Program Administrator John Howard to consider within 60 days adding cancer to the list of diseases covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

The petition follows a study published in the Sept. 1 issue of The Lancet that found a higher risk of melanoma, thyroid and prostate cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among firefighters who worked at the World Trade Center site, and an overall increase in cancers among WTC-exposed firefighters.

However, NIOSH previously announced in July that cancer would not be covered after a review (.pdf file) of available research failed to prove a causal relationship between cancer and 9/11 exposure.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.