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Health and safety guidelines from IFSTA manual

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Jan. 4, 2011 - The third edition of the IFSTA Occupational Safety, Health, and Wellness manual provides guidance for creating a safe work environment, establishing an organizational and personal culture that embraces emergency responder’s safety, and providing fire and emergency responders with recommendations for a safe and healthy lifestyle. The basis for this manual is NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program. The manual provides a review of the dominant culture that contributes to the current level of injuries and fatalities sustained by the service. Methods for creating a new safety-based culture grounded on changes in personal behaviour and organizational change is recommended. It lays out the requirements for health and fitness programs, as well as training, apparatus, tool and equipment, protective clothing, emergency scene and facility safety. An outline for developing and implementing a safety, health and wellness program is also provided. For more information, or to purchase this manual, visit the Annex Bookstore.