NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments

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Fire fighting is a challenging profession. Make sure your team is up to the task and keep them safe on the job with the 2013 NFPA 1582.

To help fire departments ensure that personnel are medically capable of performing their required duties, the 2013 NFPA 1582 incorporates current research and knowledge to present the latest provisions for a comprehensive occupational medical program. The Standard provides separate chapters for the medical evaluation of candidates/prospective employees and for the occupational medical and fitness evaluations for fire department members. Requirements are equated against the essential job tasks based on several NFPA® Professional Qualification Standards and apply to career, volunteer, private, industrial, governmental, and military fire departments.

Update to the 2013 NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments to keep pace with recent developments in medical technologies and treatments.

Due to changing technologies to treat many of the medical conditions that people are being treated for today, what was once a condition that would preclude people from joining a fire department or being forced to retire due to a specific medical condition, might not be the case today. Accordingly, some of the most important changes to 2013 NFPA 1582 are addressed in both the chapter for candidates, Chapter 6, and the chapter for members, Chapter 9, as well as an updating of Annex C.2 which is the Annual Fitness Evaluation from the Fire Service Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative. The significant changes involve prosthetics, diabetes, and reproductive health.

Increase job performance and reduce occupational injuries and illnesses.

The new 2013 NFPA 1582 is an essential working tool for fire departments and fire department physicians, or those medical professionals that are providing physicals to fire department candidates and members. (Softbound, 92 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Implementation
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Roles and Responsibilities
4.1 Fire Department Responsibilities
4.2 Fire Department Physician Responsibilities
4.3 Candidate and Member Responsibilities
4.4 Confidentiality of Medical Information
Chapter 5 Essential Job Tasks
5.1 Essential Job Tasks and Descriptions
5.2 Essential Job Tasks for Specialized Teams
Chapter 6 Medical Evaluations of Candidates
6.1 Medical Evaluation
6.2 Medical Conditions Affecting Ability to Safely Perform Essential Job Tasks
6.3 Head and Neck
6.4 Eyes and Vision
6.5 Ears and Hearing
6.6 Dental
6.7 Nose, Oropharynx, Trachea, Esophagus, and Larynx
6.8 Lungs and Chest Wall
6.9 Aerobic Capacity
6.10 Heart and Vascular System
6.11 Abdominal Organs and Gastrointestinal System
6.12 Metabolic Syndrome
6.13 Reproductive System
6.14 Urinary System
6.15 Spine and Axial Skeleton
6.16 Extremities
6.17 Neurological Disorders
6.18 Skin
6.19 Blood and Blood-Forming Organs
6.20 Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
6.21 Systemic Diseases and Miscellaneous Conditions
6.22 Tumors and Malignant Diseases
6.23 Psychiatric Conditions
6.24 Chemicals, Drugs, and Medications
Chapter 7 Occupational Medical Evaluation of Members
7.1 General
7.2 Member Education Regarding Occupational Medical Evaluation Program
7.3 Timing of the Annual Occupational Medical Evaluation of Members
7.4 Components of the Annual Occupational Medical Evaluation of Members
7.5 Medical History
7.6 Physical Examination
7.7 Ancillary Tests
Chapter 8 Annual Occupational Fitness Evaluation of Members
8.1 Weight and Body Composition
8.2 Annual Fitness Evaluation
Chapter 9 Essential Job Tasks - Specific Evaluation of Medical Conditions in Members
9.1 Essential Job Tasks
9.2 Special Teams
9.3 Fire Department Physician Roles
9.4 Cardiovascular Disorders
9.5 Vascular Disorders
9.6 Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
9.7 Lung, Chest Wall, and Respiratory Disorders
9.8 Infectious Diseases
9.9 Spine Disorders
9.10 Orthopedic Disorders
9.11 Disorders Involving the Gastrointestinal Tract and Abdominal Viscera
9.12 Medical Conditions Involving Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Neck, or Throat
9.13 Neurologic Disorders
9.14 Psychiatric and Psychologic Disorders
9.15 Substance Abuse
9.16 Medications
9.17 Tumors - Malignant or Benign
9.18 Pregnancy and Reproductive Health
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Guide for Fire Department Administrators
Annex C Protocols for Evaluation of Fitness of Members
Annex D Pregnancy Issues
Annex E Sample Physician Evaluation Form for Fire Fighters with Diabetes
Annex F Informational References