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2039. FIRE BRIGADES

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 29 USC 653; 29 USC 655; 29 USC 657

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.156

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Firefighting exposes members of fire brigades to a significant risk of harm. To mitigate these risks, OSHA promulgated a standard for fire brigades in 1980. However, the standard is now more than 18 years old, and does not reflect current advances in technology and safety. This action would revise the existing fire brigade standard to reflect the latest technology in safety, particularly with respect to personal protective equipment and emergency procedures. It would also address gaps in coverage since the existing fire brigade standard does not cover wildland fire fighting or crash-rescue type fire fighting. OSHA will be working closely with State Plan States to assess the potential impact of the proposed rule on municipal fire departments.

Timetable:

Action Date FR Cite

NPRM To Be Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Marthe B. Kent, Director, Directorate of Safety Standards Programs, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N3605, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202 693-2222
Fax: 202 693-1663

RIN: 1218-AB64



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