Fire Fighters’ Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment – AB 2146 (2014)

  • GENERAL INDUSTRY SAFETY ORDERS,
    Section 3401, Section 3402, New Sections 3402.1 - 3402.3,
    Sections 3403 - 3410, New Section 3410.1 and Section 3411
Status
Public hearing: Mar. 18, 2021
45-day comment period: Jan. 29, 2021 - Mar. 18, 2021
15-day Notice comment period: Oct. 29, 2021 - Nov. 18, 2021
2nd 15-day Notice comment period: Jan. 5, 2022 - Jan. 20, 2022
3rd 15-day Notice comment period: Feb. 8, 2022 - Feb. 24, 2022
Filed with Secretary of State:
Effective date:

Rulemaking Documents

  1. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, 2018 Edition.
  2. NFPA 1982, Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS), 2018 Edition.
  3. NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, 2019 Edition.
  4. NFPA 1977, Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting, 2016 Edition.
  5. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Specification, Shelter, Fire (M-2002), 5100-606C, August 22, 2011.
  6. NFPA 1851, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, 2014 Edition.
  7. NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, 2007 Edition.
  8. American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2015.
  9. NFPA 1982, Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS), 2007 Edition.
  10. NFPA 1852, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), 2019 Edition.
  11. NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services, 2013 Edition.
  12. NFPA 1977, Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting, 2011 Edition.
  13. NFPA 1984, Standard on Respirators for Wildland Fire-Fighting Operations, 2016 Edition.
  14. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Specification, Chaps, Chainsaw, 6170-4G, September 6, 2011.
(These documents are too cumbersome or are copyrighted and therefore are not posted. These documents may be viewed at the Standards Board office.)
  1. Assembly Bill No. 2146 (Chapter 811), Skinner, Occupational Safety: Firefighters: Personal Protective Equipment, 2013 - 2014. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB2146
  2. October 22 – 23, 2015 Advisory Committee (AC) Meetings: AC Members’ Roster, AC Attendance Sheets*, and AC Minutes. https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/Personal_Protective_Clothing_and_Equipment_for_Firefighters_AC.html
  3. January 20, 2016 AC Meeting: AC Members’ Roster, AC Attendance Sheets*, and AC Minutes. https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/Personal-Protective-Clothing-and-Equipment-for-Firefighters-2nd-AC.html
  4. May 2 – 3, 2016 AC Meetings: AC Members’ Roster and AC Minutes. https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/Personal-Protective-Clothing-and-Equipment-for-Firefighters-3rd-AC.html
  5. Occupational Environmental Medicine; Mortality and Cancer Incidence in a Pooled Cohort of U.S. Firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia (1950-2009); Robert D. Daniels; Travis L. Kubale; James H. Yiin, et al.; BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.; Published Online on October 14, 2013; Pages 1 - 18. https://oem.bmj.com/content/71/6/388
  6. Journal of Environmental Medicine; Cancer Risk Among Firefighters: A Review and Meta-analysis of 32 Studies; Grace K LeMasters, PhD; Ash M. Genaidy, PhD; Paul Succop, PhD; James Deddens, PhD; Tarek Sobeih, MD, PhD; Heriberto Barriera-Viruet, PhD; Kari Dunning, PhD; and James Lockey, MD, MS; American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; Volume 48; Number 11; November 2006; Pages 1189 - 1202.
  7. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), News & Research, NFPA Update on PASS Performance Issues, PASS Performance Issues Addressed in 2007 Edition of NFPA Standard, Safety Alert Issued on February 9, 2007. https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Resources/Emergency-Responders/Health-and-Wellness/NFPA-update-on-PASS-performance-issues
  8. American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal (AIHAJ); Characterization of Firefighter Exposures During Fire Overhaul; Dawn M. Bostad-Johnson, Jefferey L. Burgess, Clifton D. Crutchfield, Steve Storment, Richard Gerkin, and Jeffrey R. Wilson; AIHAJ 61:636-641 (2000); September/October 2000; Pages 636 - 641.
  9. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1500, 1720, and 1851; Understanding & Implementing Standards; NFPA 1851 Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Firefighting, 2008 Edition, Pages 36 - 49. https://www.nfpa.org/Assets/files/AboutTheCodes/1500/Standards_Guide_1500_1720_1851.pdf
  10. FEMA; U.S. Fire Administration; National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); NIST Technical Note 1724; Fire Exposures of Fire Fighter Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Facepiece Lenses; Amy Mensch, George Braga, and Nelson Bryner; November 2011; Fire Research Division; Engineering Laboratory; NIST; Gaitherburg, MD 20899-8661; Pages 1 - 36. https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=909917
  11. U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST, Study Finds Failure Points in Firefighter Protective Equipment, December 6, 2011, Pages 1 - 4. https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2011/12/study-finds-failure-points-firefighter-protective-equipment
  12. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Science and Technology Directorate (S&T); Advanced Personal Protection System (APPS), Wildland Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment (WLFF PPE) Clothing System Program, Final Report; Version 1.1; June 30, 2014; Responder Technologies Program; DHS; S&T; Washington, D.C.; U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Natick, MA; Pages 1 - 67. https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/APPS%20-%20WLFF%20PPE%20FINAL%20REPORT.pdf
  13. United States Department of Agriculture; Forest Service; Office of Safety and Occupational Health; Safety Alert, NO. 2009-01; Subject: United States Forest Service (USFS) chain saw chaps constructed using USFS specification 6170 4E, or prior, do not meet current USFS requirements for chain saw leg protection; June 25, 2009; Pages 1 and 2. https://sbbch.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/alert-chain-saw-chaps.pdf
  14. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene; 1:593-606; Baseline Measurements of Smoke Exposure Among Wildland Firefighters; Timothy E. Reinhardt and Roger D. Ottmar; September 2004; Pages 593 - 606.
  15. United States Department of Agriculture; Forest Service; Pacific Northwest Research Station; Smoke Exposure at Western Wildfires; Timothy E. Reinhardt and Roger D. Ottmar; Research Paper PNW-RP-525; July 2000; Pages 1 - 72. https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rp525.pdf
  16. Utah State University; DigitalCommons@USU; All Graduate Plan B and Other Reports; Graduate Studies; Paper 356; Wildland Firefighter Smoke Exposure Study; George Anthony Broyles, February 2013; Pages 1 - 83. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1356&context=gradreports
  17. United States Department of Agriculture; Forest Service; Technology & Development Program; Fire Tech Tips; What’s New with the New Generation Fire Shelter?; Tony Petrilli, Project Leader; April 2006; 5100; 0651-2322P-MTDC; Pages 1 - 6. https://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdfpubs/pdf06512322/pdf06512322dpi72.pdf
  18. Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST); Chemical Substances and Biological Agents; Studies and Research Projects; Report R-572; Wildland Firefighter Health Risks and Respiratory Protection; Claire Austin, PhD, CMC, CIH, Consultant; September 2008; Page 21; Table 2, Carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) and Related Signs and Symptoms. https://www.irsst.qc.ca/media/documents/PubIRSST/R-572.pdf
  19. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); NFPA 1500; Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program; 2007 Edition; Chapter 7, Protective Clothing and Protective Equipment; Section 7.11, Respiratory Protection Equipment; Section 7.11.1.4; Page 1500-20; Technical Committee on Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health; 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA, 02169.
  20. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), What is CAL FIRE?, September 2018. https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/4925/whatiscalfire.pdf
  21. U.S. Fire Administration – National Fire Department Registry (accessed June 16, 2020).
  22. Illinois Fire Service Institute; Firefighter Fatalities and Injuries - The Role of Heat Stress and PPE; July 2008; Technical Report; Firefighter Life Safety Research Center, Illinois Fire Service Institute; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. https://www.fsi.illinois.edu/documents/research/FFLSRC_FinalReport.pdf
  23. FEMA; Fire-Related Firefighter Injuries Reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (2012-2014); Topical Fire Report Series; Volume 17; Issue 6; August 2016; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S.Fire Administration; National Fire data Center; Emmitsburg, Maryland; Page 1 – 12. https://nfa.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v17i6.pdf
  24. NFPA (2016); Fourth Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service; Conducted in 2015 and Including Comparisons to the 2001, 2005, and 2010 Needs Assessment Surveys; November 2016; National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA. https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Emergency-responders/Needs-Assessment/OSFourthNeedsAssessment.ashx
  25. NFPA (2011). Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service California; Conducted in 2010 and Including Comparisons to the 2001 and 2005 Needs Assessment Surveys; October 2011; National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA. https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Emergency-responders/Needs-Assessment/50-states/californianeedsiii.ashx?la=en
  26. Data Collection Summary for PPE Care and Maintenance; A Summary of Data on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Care and Maintenance Practices Collected From the Fire Service, Independent Service Providers, and PPE Manufacturers; Paul Kashmanian and Casey C. Grant; Technical Notes; February 2014; Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA. https://nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Emergency-responders/RFPPECareandMaintenance.ashx
  1. State Controller’s Office; Mandated Cost Manual for Local Agencies; Suspended Mandates for FY 2018-19 Source of state-mandated program suspensions – Budget Act of 2018 (Ch. 29/18) Item 8885-295-0001, Schedule (5), page 2, Structural and Wildland Firefighter’s Safety Clothing and Equipment; https://www.sco.ca.gov/Files-ARD-Local/Manuals/la_1819_susp.pdf
  2. U.S. Fire Administration; Wildland Urban Interface (WUI); Definition of WUI; https://www.usfa.fema.gov/wui/

* Please contact OSHSB@dir.ca.gov to request a copy of the Advisory Committee handwritten attendance sheets.

Contact the OSHSB Public Records Officer to request any Documents Relied Upon.

April 2022