Keeping the responders safe is one of the primary focuses of NFPA, and to help them do their work more effectively, the Standards Council has decided to consolidate more than 100 emergency responder standards into 38 key documents.
The consolidation plan applies to current 114 NFPA, Emergency Response and Responder Safety (ERRS) standards, guides, and recommended practices. Beginning in January 2020 for the next five years, 20-25 standards will be combined each year, in a proper cycle.
This project will benefit anyone who uses NFPA ERRS standards, as well as the thousands of volunteers who work to develop these key documents. For example, TC members and other stake holders have expressed concerns about the following:
- A lack of knowledge about what different TCs are doing
- Conflicting information from one standard to the next
- The need to purchase multiple standards to get a well-rounded view of a topic
- Planning and scheduling difficulties for TC members and representative groups
- And the inability to have representation on some TCs due to the sheer number of standards
Related standards will be incorporated into all-inclusive standards with existing documents becoming separate chapters. Blending applicable information into one-third of the existing standards will allow responders to access, understand, and utilize complete PPE manufacturing guidance; selection, care and maintenance tips; professional qualifications benchmarks; and other important info that will help them do their jobs effectively.
Both the First and the Second Draft Meetings of the standard process, as well as any necessary Correlating Committee meetings, will now occur during the same year – with one meeting in January and another one in November. Any required additional meetings, such as pre-draft sessions will occur when there is a need for them.
All of the information currently contained in ERRS standards will remain.