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The following request has been forward to us here and I feel it is worth our time and energy to comment on these new regulations. Here is what OSHA is looking for. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), whose mission is to assure the safety and health of American workers, is requesting input from the public to determine what changes, if any, to make to its emergency response and preparedness standards. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is currently reviewing the request and will be submitting comments.

OSHA currently regulates certain aspects of emergency responder health and safety through seven standards. However, OSHA does not maintain a comprehensive emergency responder standard, and many of the existing standards have not been updated in years.

OSHA is specifically requesting comment on the scope of emergency response, personal protective equipment, training and qualifications, medical evaluation and health monitoring, safety, and more. Comments must be submitted by December 10, 2007. More Information on the request for public comment can be found online at:

posted by Bobby Halton
10/19/2007 05:49:00 PM

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