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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB64 Publication ID: Spring 1997 
Title: ●Fire Brigades 
Abstract: Fighting fires as members of fire brigades presents a significant risk of harm to employees. To mitigate these risks, OSHA promulgated a standard for fire brigades in 1980. However, the standard is now over 16 years old and does not reflect current advances in technology and safety. Consequently, the existing fire brigade standard would be revised to reflect the latest technology in safety, particularly with respect to personal protective equipment and emergency procedures. Gaps in coverage would also be addressed since the existing fire brigade standard does not cover wildland fire fighting or crash-rescue type fire fighting. Additionally, the fire brigade standard would be revised to better interface with the OSHA Hazardous Waste operations and Emergency Response Standard. The revision to the fire brigade standard would be initiated using the Negotiated Rulemaking process. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910.156   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 653    29 USC 655    29 USC 657   
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Intent to form Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for Fire Brigades  06/00/1997    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
John F. Martonik
Evaluation
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Room N3641, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2043
Fax:202 693-1641
Email: john.martonik@osha.gov