Firefighter Respiratory Protection Technical Advisory Committee Advisory Meetings

Wednesday,
May 25, 2022

9:30 am – 4:30 pm
(via Zoom)

Cal/OSHA Firefighter Respiratory Protection Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The Firefighter Respiratory Protection Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will focus initially on Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)/Wildland respiratory protection, drawing from NFPA 1984 (2022 version), Standard on Respirators for Wildland Fire-Fighting and Wildland Urban Interface Operations. The TAC will develop draft regulatory language for a new Cal/OSHA standard to protect firefighters from inhalation exposures during WUI/Wildland deployments. This rulemaking is Cal/OSHA’s top priority for firefighter safety and health.

After completing rulemaking for WUI/Wildland respiratory protection, the TAC will initiate rulemaking to update other respiratory protection elements of Cal/OSHA’s firefighter PPE regulations, drawing on several NFPA standards, including:

  • NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety, Health, and Wellness Program
  • NFPA 1982, Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS)
  • NFPA 1852, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • NFPA 1981, Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Emergency Services

For questions or more information about the Firefighter Respiratory Protection TAC or the May 25 TAC meeting, please contact Michael Wilson at mwilson@dir.ca.gov.

Thursday,
June 9, 2022

9:00 am – 4:30 pm
(via Zoom)

Standards Board Firefighter PPE Advisory Committee
(Not addressing respiratory protection).


This Standards Board Advisory Committee will focus on updating Cal/OSHA's existing firefighter PPE requirements, beginning with NFPA 1851 (2020 version), "Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting."

Visit the Standards Board website for further details about the Fire Fighters' Personal Protective Equipment Advisory Committee, or contact Safety Engineer Maryrose Chan at mchan@dir.ca.gov.

This Committee will not work on firefighter respiratory protection issues, all of which will be addressed by the Cal/OSHA Firefighter Respiratory Protection Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

May 2022