NFPA 1500 – What Does it Mean for You and Your Department?

NFPA 1500 is the Standard on Occupational Health and Safety Programs for Firefighters. Today we look at what it means and what difference it could make for you or your department.


NFPA® 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Equivalency
1.5 Adoption Requirements
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 Official NFPA Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Fire Department Administration
4.1 Fire Department Organizational Statement
4.2 Risk Management Plan
4.3 Safety and Health Policy
4.4 Roles and Responsibilities
4.5 Occupational Safety and Health Committee
4.6 Records
4.7 Appointment of the Health and Safety Officer
Chapter 5 Training, Education, and Professional Development
5.1 General Requirements
5.2 Member Qualifications
5.3 Training Requirements
5.4 Special Operations Training
5.5 Member Proficiency
Chapter 6 Fire Apparatus, Equipment, and Drivers/Operators
6.1 Fire Department Apparatus
6.2 Drivers/Operators of Fire Department Apparatus
6.3 Riding in Fire Apparatus
6.4 Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Fire Apparatus
6.5 Tools and Equipment
Chapter 7 Protective Clothing and Protective Equipment
7.1 General
7.2 Protective Clothing for Structural Fire Fighting
7.3 Protective Clothing for Proximity Fire-Fighting Operations
7.4 Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations
7.5 Chemical-Protective Clothing for Hazardous Materials Emergency Operations
7.6 Inspection, Maintenance, and Disposal of Chemical-Protective Clothing
7.7 Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting
7.8 Protective Ensembles for Technical Rescue Operations
7.9 Protective Clothing and Equipment for Surface Water Operations
7.10 Respiratory Protection Program
7.11 Breathing Air
7.12 Respiratory Protection Equipment
7.13 Fit Testing
7.14 Using Respiratory Protection
7.15 SCBA Cylinders
7.16 Personal Alert Safety System (PASS)
7.17 Life Safety Rope and System Components
7.18 Face and Eye Protection
7.19 Hearing Protection
7.20 New and Existing Protective Clothing and Protective Equipment
Chapter 8 Emergency Operations
8.1 Incident Management
8.2 Communications
8.3 Risk Management During Emergency Operations
8.4 Personnel Accountability During Emergency Operations
8.5 Members Operating at Emergency Incidents
8.6 Hazard Control Zones
8.7 Traffic Incidents
8.8 Rapid Intervention for Rescue of Members
8.9 Rehabilitation During Emergency Operations
8.10 Scenes of Violence, Civil Unrest, or Terrorism
8.11 Post-Incident Analysis
Chapter 9 Facility Safety
9.1 Safety Standards
9.2 Inspections
9.3 Maintenance and Repairs
Chapter 10 Medical and Physical Requirements
10.1 Medical Requirements
10.2 Physical Performance Requirements
10.3 Health and Fitness
10.4 Confidential Health Data Base
10.5 Infection Control
10.6 Fire Department Physician
10.7 Fitness for Duty Evaluations
Chapter 11 Behavioral Health and Wellness Programs
11.1 Behavioral Health Program.
11.2 Wellness Program
Chapter 12 Occupational Exposure to Atypically Stressful Events
12.1 General
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Monitoring Compliance with a Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health Program
Annex C Building Hazard Assessment
Annex D Risk Management Plan Factors
Annex E Hazardous Materials PPE Information
Annex F Sample Facility Inspector Checklists
Annex G Informational References