USING NFPA 1500 TO DEVELOP A HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAM

06/01/2002
BY DAVID ROSSThe William Stieger Act creating the Occu-pational Safety and Health Act was passed in 1970. It led to the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The legislation's intent was to ensure that employers and employees took reasonable precautions to keep their workplaces safe for workers. Although it is a federal law, it seems that many of us in the fire and emergency services continued to see ourselves as different. There was still that macho attitude that saw us not only accepting risks but embracing them as well. As Alan Brunacini has said, "For the past 200 years, we have been providing a service at the expense of those providing the service....

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