Online Safety Community

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has adopted two additional NFPA standards for first responders: NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents and NFPA 473, Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.

"When called, firefighters respond. If the past is our guide to the future, we know firefighters will be among the first called to respond to these challenging emergencies," said Greg Cade, U.S. fire administrator. "I applaud the efforts of the NFPA and DHS to identify the basic competencies required of firefighters, and more importantly the support this will provide the fire service leadership throughout the nation preparing their communities and first responders for responding to a hazardous materials event, or potential weapons of mass destruction incidents."

These two standards set minimum requirements for personnel responding to incidents involving hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction. NFPA 472 sets minimum competency levels for personnel responding to such incidents, and NFPA 473 covers the requirements for basic life support and advanced life support personnel in the pre-hospital setting.

"As the dedicated men and women of the fire service and other emergency responders are faced with new challenges in dangerous situations, often involving unexpected hazards, it is vital that they are well prepared to deal with them," said James M. Shannon, NFPA's president. "DHS's recent adoptions support responders and improve their safety by establishing important guidelines."

taken from Occupational Health & Safety
Many of the firefighters across the nation are currently being certified and/or are certified to this standard. Some volunteer departments believe that additional government regulations will make it difficult to recruit and/or retain volunteers. Should industrial Hazmat teams be required to be certified to the same standards?

Views: 17

Comment

You need to be a member of Online Safety Community to add comments!

Join Online Safety Community

Take our poll!

Take our poll!

Latest Activity

John Robinson posted events
2 hours ago
complianceTrainings posted events
20 hours ago
Russel Stuart updated an event
Thumbnail

Customer Service: Giving Your Customers the R.O.Y.A.L. Treatment - Webinar by TrainHR at United States

April 30, 2014 from 10am to 11am
Overview : This webinar shares effective ways to WOW your customers so they keep coming back time after time. Effective customer service is a fine art that can be learned and employees as well as business owners can benefit from to making themselves more effective at handling customer interactions and building long-lasting relationships and lifetime customers. Why should you attend:It costs five times more to get a new customer than to keep an existing customer, and it becomes easier to sell an…See More
yesterday
Russel Stuart updated an event
Thumbnail

Best Practices for Successful HR Audits(HRCI - PHR/SPHR Certified) - Webinar by TrainHR at United States

April 30, 2014 from 10am to 11am
Overview: The Webinar will discuss methods to insure that employees are properly classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The US Department of Labor is making a concerted push to insure that employees are not improperly classified as Exempt when they should be classified as Non-exempt and thus eligible for overtime. Upon completion of this session, attendees will learn key factors that would determine how an employee is properly classified. The attendee will learn what they can safely…See More
yesterday

Forum

Safety Signage Makes Work Better All Around

Employee safety is a very important thing for every business. Without the laws that protect the employees, businesses would not work as smoothly as they do. The industrial revolution changed human…Continue

Tags: employee, workplace, technology, signage, safety

Started by Jen Reelez Apr 15.

Reduce Risk in Workplaces 5 Replies

Although the retail industry as a whole is substantial, the costs to protect a business from injury liability can make quite the dent in profit margins. On average, the costs of employee and customer…Continue

Tags: signage, signs, workplace, tips, safety

Started by Jen Reelez. Last reply by Arnold Brame Apr 15.

Workplace Safety Signs 5 Replies

Workplace safety sign is one which gives a specific message to those who may be exposed to hazards in the work environment. It helps to avoided accident as well as other problems.…Continue

Tags: and, Health, Workplace, Signs, Safety

Started by healthandsafetysigns. Last reply by Arnold Brame Apr 3.

How to Choose Safety Products 8 Replies

What are the things which need to keep in mind while selecting and ordering safety products for commercial usage.  Definitely it is a long term investment and moreover safety of your staff depends…Continue

Tags: equipments, products, safety

Started by Kay J. Sharp. Last reply by jaysoncalwell Apr 2.

protected from falling

OSHA Construction standards 1926.501(b)(1) “Unprotected sides and edges.” Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet…Continue

Started by saleem fathi sabra Apr 2.

Badge

Loading…

© 2014   Created by Safety Community.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service