The Risk Assessment Requirement

NFPA 1851 Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting, and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.132 require fire departments to perform a Risk Assessment prior to starting the selection process of structural and proximity firefighting ensembles and ensemble elements.

The Risk Assessment should consider and include, but not be limited to, the hazards that can be encountered by structural or proximity firefighters. NFPA 1851 requires the following:

  • Types of duties performed
  • Frequency of use of ensemble elements
  • Organization’s experiences
  • Incident operations
  • Geographic location and climate
  • Specific physical area of operation
  • Likelihood of or response to CBRN terrorism incident

In addition, we believe the following items should also be considered:

  • Hazard/Risk identification
  • Hazard/Risk evaluation
  • Establishment of priorities of department

Based on this Risk Assessment, the organization should compile and evaluate information on the comparative strengths and weaknesses of the elements under consideration and that they interface properly with other personal protective items being used.

Get started by downloading a Risk Assessment form.

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