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Roundtable Talk: Proposed OSHA Standard Update and What it Means for Volunteer Fire Departments

March 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Panelists: David Denniston, Bruce Lundegren, Joseph Maruca, Ryan Woodward (moderator)

On February 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule revising its emergency response standard. This is the first time OSHA revised this standard since 1980, and the public has until May 6 to provide comments. If enacted as is, this proposed rule would bring immense challenges to volunteer departments, and some may even be forced to shut down. It is important that the volunteer fire service understand how this rule would impact them and provide their comments to OSHA before May 6. This NVFC Roundtable Talk will highlight some of the biggest concerns with the proposed revised emergency standard, discuss which volunteers will be impacted, explain the NVFC’s strategy for addressing the proposed revision, and suggest best practices for departments wishing to comment on the revisions.

The text of the proposed revised OSHA emergency response standard and information on how to submit comments can be found here.



March 14
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


National Volunteer Fire Council