Occupational Safety And Training In The Fire Service

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The fire service is all about serving the community. We respond to calls in the community where people have taken risk, whether it was intentional or not. Taking risk is part of the job and it is important to take these risk with all the necessary safety precautions and training in place. There are two key agencies which influence fire department training; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Nation Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Unlike NFPA which issues guidelines, which are recommendations, OSHA is a regulatory agency which enforces regulations and violation are punishable by law. Unfortunately, fire departments fail to realize that there could be legal risks by failing to develop, implement, maintain, and document …show more content…
NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, recommends that a person should have completed the Fire Instructor I and II certifications. In addition to this recommendation, OSHA regulations require that an instructor have specific training in the area they are teaching or be knowledgeable and experienced in the topic (Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA], 2011). It is acceptable for a person outside the agency to teach courses provided they meet the qualification …show more content…
These occasion require a lockout/tagout procedure to ensure everyone’s safety. The standard OSHA 1910.147 establishes minimum performance requirements for the control of such hazardous energy. The fire department will provide training to ensure that the purpose and function of the energy control program are understood by employees and that the knowledge and skills required for the safe application, usage, and removal of the energy controls are acquired by employees (Lockout/Tagout, 2011, para.

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