Emergency Preparedness Program & Resources
The importance of an effective workplace safety and
health program cannot be overemphasized. There are many benefits from such a
program, including increased productivity, improved employee morale, reduced
absenteeism and illness, and reduced workers' compensation rates.
Unfortunately, workplace accidents and illnesses still occur in spite of
efforts to prevent them, and proper planning is necessary to effectively
respond to emergencies.
NOTE: Emergency responder health and safety is currently regulated primarily under the following standards: The fire brigade standard (29 CFR 1910.156); hazardous waste operations and emergency response (29 CFR 1910.120); the respiratory protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134); the permit-required confined space standard (29 CFR 1910.146); and the bloodborne pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030). Some of these standards were published decades ago and none were designed as comprehensive emergency response standards. Consequently, they do not address the full range of hazards or concerns currently facing emergency responders. Many do not reflect major changes in performance specifications for protective clothing and equipment. Current OSHA standards also do not reflect all the major developments in safety and health practices that have already been accepted by the emergency response community and incorporated into National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and American National Standards Institute consensus standards. OSHA is now collecting information to evaluate what action the agency should take to update the standards.
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