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OSHA Stakeholder Meeting on Possible Standard to Protect Emergency Responders

Posted in on Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Jim Ramsay, Chair of ASSE’s Educational Standards Committee under the Council on Professional Affairs and Program Director of Embry-Riddle University’s Homeland Security Program, will be representing ASSE at the meeting.

From OSHA at

June 4

WASHINGTON –The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled an informal stakeholder meeting to gather information as it considers developing a proposed standard for emergency response and preparedness. The meeting will be held July 30, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

OSHA issued a Request for Information on Sept 11, 2007, that requested comments from the public to evaluate what action, if any, the agency should take to further address emergency response and preparedness. Recent events, including the West, Texas, explosion that killed several emergency responders, and additional information gathered in response to the RFI show that responder health and safety continues to be an area of ongoing concern.

The meeting will convene at 9 a.m., July 30, 2014, at the U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210. If needed, a second session will be held July 31. Those interested in attending can register at, by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for registration details. The registration deadline is July 2, 2014.

The meeting will not include formal presentations but instead will be conducted as a group discussion. OSHA will focus on issues such as scope and approach surrounding emergency response and preparedness.

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