“Firefighters often work in dangerous conditions as they respond to emergencies, and face additional risks to their health and wellness due to the pandemic,” said Stuart. “These new resources provide practical advice to make sure fire departments are in compliance with occupational safety and health standards that exist to help keep their employees safe.”
The Illinois Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (IL-OSHA) recently issued an Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Guide for Fire Departments, which covers the fire department inspection process, training requirements, frequently asked questions and realistic best practices to enhance firefighter safety. Stuart is also drawing attention to a three-part video series available on IDOL’s YouTube channel designed to accompany the guide.
“I encourage all fire officials to review these materials and consider whether any changes could be implemented to maximize workplace safety,” continued Stuart. “When firefighters are well-protected, so is our entire community, so I appreciate IDOL’s efforts to work with local fire departments to accomplish that goal.”