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NIOSH INSPECTION HELPS DEPARTMENT COMPLY WITH NATIONAL STANDARDS

Issue 7 and Volume 153.

BY ROBERT E. DUNKEL II In March, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) completed its preincident inspection of the City of Worthington (OH) Division of Fire and EMS self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) maintenance program. It was the first such inspection for our department. We invited NIOSH to evaluate our department’s program and to make recommendations for improvement. The evaluation consisted of interviewing fire department personnel associated with maintaining the SCBA, a review of the SCBA maintenance records, an evaluation of the compressed-air cylinder refilling station located in the fire station, and an examination of the mobile breathing air equipment. Current SCBA maintenance programs are evaluated and compared with the respirator and SCBA maintenance requirements listed in the following recognized national standards: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1404, Standard for a Fire Department Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Program, 1996; NFPA 1500, Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program, 1997;…

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