Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-12.8
The Firefighter Cancer Wellness Act

SECTION 23-12.8-3

§ 23-12.8-3. Education program established.

(a) The director of the department of health shall annually provide to the office of the state fire marshal information regarding cancer incidence among professional and volunteer firefighters, the increase in survival rates attributable to early detection and the availability of cancer screening as well as any other applicable testing methods designed to decrease the incidence and severity of malignant conditions resulting from occupational exposure to hazardous materials.

(b) The office of the state fire marshal shall annually inform the fire chiefs of all professional and volunteer departments and districts in the state of Rhode Island of the cancer risks associated with firefighting and the importance of frequent medical examination including cancer screening.

(c) The department of health, the state fire marshal and Rhode Island municipalities may enter into contracts with healthcare and/or cancer screening providers for the purpose of establishing preventative programs for firefighters and related professions.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2008, ch. 130, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 184, § 1.)