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October 28, 2014 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has come a lengthy way to cut the death rates of firefighters in half. In 1970, they implemented a plan to help change working conditions for all Americans. OSHA was charged with the accountability of fulfilling health and safety standards, conducting inspections, issuing citations and penalties for noncompliance of regulations. OSHA created a division called National Institute Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This division, the NIOSH, conducted research on the causes and prevention of work-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths, then provide information on what new measures can be used to prevent this from occurring so often. The group was…show more content…
Giving an extra eye to the Battalion Chief on fire scenes to make sure safety was being followed at all cost. Executing this, the number of fire scene injuries went down considerably. The DFD has come a long way from the 80s where we were riding on the tailboard to fire scenes. By OSHA standards who reported that it was unsafe to have firefighters riding the tailboard. That stopped DFD from putting firemen on tailboards and purchase fire trucks with interior seats for firefighters. DFD strives to be one of the leading departments in the state of North Carolina. DFD may not be leading the nation; but they are a Nationally Accredited fire Department. To be Nationally Accredited means you have complied with all or the majority of OSHA’s requirements. References Edwards, S. T. (2010). Fire Service Personnel Management. Julie Alexander. Michaud, P. A. (1995). Accident Prevention and OSHA Compliance. Liberty of Congress Cataloging-in Publication. Poplin, G. S. (2011, November). Beyond The Firegrounds:Injuries in the fire

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