Firefighter Health and Safety - We Need Your Input!

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on Jun 30, 2015

NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, is facing issues that directly impact firefighter health and safety. Read on to learn what’s at stake, and make sure your opinions and perspectives are heard! Public Inputs on NFPA 1500 can be submitted through July 6.

Work Hour Requirements

Right now, NFPA 1500 does not set requirements on the maximum number of hours a firefighter can work within a given shift. Clock

  • Do you think there should be a requirement on the maximum number of hours a firefighter should work in one shift? If so, what do you think the maximum should be?
  • If you don't there should be a requirement, why?


Exposure Control

While we know that cancer-causing toxins and carcinogens remain on firefighters’ PPE after fighting a fire, there’s still much question as to what cleaning and maintenance procedures are needed to minimize firefighters’ exposure to these toxins.

  • What cleaning, maintenance and training requirements/procedures should be included in NFPA 1500 to minimize firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens and toxins?
  • What flaws do you see in current cleaning/maintenance requirements that can be improved?
  • What changes in NFPA 1500 would better protect you?

Pump & Roll

NFPA 1500 requires all firefighters be seated and belted while riding aboard a fire apparatus. NFPA 1906 has approved an exception to this requirement, which accommodates a new fire apparatus designed specifically for fighting wildfires. The change in NFPA 1906 could directly impact the current NFPA 1500 requirement.

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  • Do you think it’s safe for firefighters to ride unseated and unbelted in specific fire engine designs?
  • Do you think the proposed change should be accepted? Why or why not?

Let us know your thoughts on these important NFPA 1500 issues. Your Voice Matters!

To learn more ways you can participate in our codes and standards, visit Standards in Action: Your Voice Matters.