Risk assessments of forest management workers in areas of hazardous minerals

  • Martin Harper Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida


Recent increases in the frequency and extent of wildland fires in the USA has focused attention on the hazards of forest management personnel, especially firefighters. While considerable resources have been expended to assess the obvious risks of physical hazards and smoke inhalation during firefighting, there has also been some studies that have evaluated potential exposures to mineral components of soils and rocks, including asbestos and related minerals, erionite and crystalline silica (quartz) during forest management activities. These studies are reviewed.