City officials who set and manage fire and emergency medical services for cities under 50,000 in population are encouraged to participate.
(Published May 21, 2019)
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be convening a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel to provide feedback on a draft emergency response standard.
The purpose of this draft standard is to ensure protections for workers who respond to emergencies as part of their regular duties. This draft standard would replace the current fire brigade standard.
OSHA is requesting city officials who manage fire and emergency management services (EMS) departments and budgets to serve as small entity representatives (SERs) to offer input this spring and summer on the costs, impacts, and feasibility of the potential changes. A draft of the proposed standard will be available to the public once the panel is convened.
Each SER will be sent a packet of documents to review, then asked to participate in a small-group teleconference to discuss concerns related to the information provided and how the draft regulation might potentially affect their entity.
If city officials are not interested in serving as a SER, but would still like to submit commentary, they are encouraged to do so.
Topics in the potential draft standard to be considered by the SBAR Panel include:
The revisions to the rules will focus primarily on the protection of workers, including:
OSHA welcomes participation from all eligible SERs. Those interested in participating should send OSHA the following information:
Note that information does not need to be submitted in any particular format.
Send the above information to:
Joel E. Batchelor Jr.