Since interpretations and enforcement policies change, OSHA makes amendments and/or revisions to their standards. Please review these updates to determine if they apply to any section(s) in our Occupational Safety and Health Publications.
The Occupational Safety and Health Planning Document was prepared as a supplement to the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission’s Occupational Safety and Health Standard. The standard, based on a compilation of applicable sections of OSHA’s General Industry Standard and NFPA occupational safety and health standards, is a voluntary standard for volunteer fire and rescue departments in North Carolina. It can also be used as a guide for departments with career personnel who are subject to OSHA regulation. This document is a brief overview of the standard, as well as a planning document and worksheet for assisting departments in preparing an occupational safety and health plan. It is not the standard. For a complete understanding of the components of the standard, individuals should refer to the complete North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission Occupational Safety and Health Standard for Fire and Rescue Departments.
In an effort to reduce injury and death to fire and rescue personnel in the State of North Carolina, the State Legislature established General Statute GS 95-148, which required the State Fire and Rescue Commission to establish voluntary occupational safety and health standards for fire and rescue personnel. This document was developed to provide a voluntary guide for departments to implement an occupational safety and health program that meets the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration within the NC Department of Labor, as well as the OS&H standards of the National Fire Protection Association. In addition to serving as a voluntary guide for volunteer departments, it can also serve as an interpretation document when applying required OS&H standards to career departments and career personnel. In carrying out these objectives, it allows a department to meet all recognized safety and health standards for fire and rescue activities.
To assist the fire and rescue departments within the State, the Fire and Rescue Commission has developed Standard Operating Guidelines for use with the Occupational Safety and Health Standard for Fire Departments and Rescue Squads. These guidelines are meant to be used by the members of fire and rescue departments as a tool to assist them in determining their compliance with the OS&H Standard. The thirty-four Guidelines address the job areas that are specific to the fire and rescue service, and give thorough and specific directions of how to meet the OS&H standard. Although the OS&H Standard is voluntary to all fire and rescue departments, the Fire & Rescue Commission endorses it and encourages all departments to use the Standard and these Guidelines as a means of insuring personnel safety.