Tag Archives: OSHA

Court Rules FDNY Must Accommodate Facial Hair Despite OSHA

A federal judge has ruled that FDNY must reinstate an accommodation granted to African American firefighters suffering from Pseudofolliculitis Barbae that permits facial hair in the chin, cheek and neck area provided it does not cause leakage around the mask's seal. The firefighters filed suit in 2018 alleging race and disability discrimination.

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Birmingham Firefighter Sues Over Unsafe Condition of Station

A firefighter in Birmingham, Alabama has filed suit claiming conditions inside Station 27 violate the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Gary Michael Horsley Jr. claims the city has “condoned and tolerated unsafe and unhealthy working conditions” that include “asbestos exposure, mold exposure, diesel exhaust exposure... "

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Burning Question: Medical Exams and Liability

Today’s burning question: Have you ever come across a case where a firefighter suffered an illness such as a heart attack, stroke or cancer, in a department that did not have a formal medical monitoring program and then was sued for not having such a program? Answer: While such a case is plausible, none of the cases in my database make that sort of allegation...

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Fine Against Washington Fire Department For Understaffing Upheld

An OSHA fine against a Washington state fire department for understaffing has been upheld by the state’s Department of Labor and Industries. The Camas-Washougal Fire Department was cited for violating OSHA’s two-in two-out requirement at a house fire last March. The first arriving engine was staffed with two firefighters.

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OSHA Considering Additional Regs for the Fire Service

According to BusinessInsurance.com, OSHA is contemplating new regulations aimed specifically at firefighters. The article lists several areas that OSHA is looking at, including mandatory medical examinations to help address the cardiac risk and banning sliding poles due to injuries.

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NC OSHA Cites Fire Department

The Winston-Salem Fire Department has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Labor over three OSHA violations. Two of the citations were considered serious, incurring $3250 fines each. The third was consider not serious and no fine was imposed.

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Conn Volunteer Fire Companies Battle OSHA

A number of volunteer fire companies in Connecticut are working to block the passage of legislation that would bring them under the jurisdiction of CONN-OSHA. The legislation is aimed at reversing a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling issued in 2011. That ...

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NFPA 1710 Staffing and Legal Mandates

Today’s burning question: Are there any Federal laws or requirements that mandate that fire departments comply with or meet NFPA 1710 staffing levels or response times? Answer: There are no laws that I am aware of on a Federal or ...

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Canadian Case Poses Challenge For Volunteers

There is an important case brewing north of the border that pits volunteer fire departments against the provincial Ministry of Labour in Ontario. It is a case that just as easily could be occurring in US courts, and calls into ...

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