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OSHA Proposes Fire Brigades Standard 2.0

21 May

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Update Applicable to:Due date
All covered employersJune 21, 2024


What happened?

The proposed Emergency Response Standard would impose new requirements on employers with employees who respond to workplace incidents as a secondary aspect of their work duties. 


What are the details?

According to the agency, Current OSHA emergency response and preparedness standards are outdated and incomplete. After all, they do not address the full range of hazards facing emergency responders because they are not aligned with many current emergency response guidelines provided by other federal agencies (e.g., DHS/FEMA), and are outdated.

OSHA’s proposed rule aims to address the outdated and incomplete current standards that do not fully cover the hazards emergency responders face, nor keep pace with changes in protective equipment and industry practices. It also seeks to align with current federal guidelines. This rule, replacing the existing Fire Brigades standard from 1980, focuses on providing basic protections for all emergency response workers, including those in medical services and technical search and rescue, ensuring they are adequately protected on the job.

  • Initially, the comment period was due on May 6, but it was extended to June 21, click here.
  • Employers who are interested in leaving a comment on the Proposed Rule, click here.
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  • For a critique breakdown regarding the rule.


Business Considerations

  • Employers should understand the broadened scope of the rule and its impact on their operations because it covers not only firefighting but also emergency medical services, tactical rescue, and the equivalent services offered in workplaces by employer-provided services.
  • Employers should start working on the plan required by the proposed rule to comply with all its requirements.
  • Employers should ensure that their emergency responders are adequately trained as per the new rule minimum training requirements.
  • Employers should review and update their personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure compliance with the proposed rule requirements.


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