2020 NFPA 1521 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Take confidence your departmet health and safety officers have the knowledge and skill sets to perform their jobs to the latest standards.

    Being in a position where the actions you take and the decisions you make can have an impact on the well-being of fire service personnel is a significant responsibility. NFPA® 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer Professional Qualifications,, 2020 edition, outlines the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) of candidates for these crucial roles.

    This vital document covers the provisions for executing duties as a health safety officer and incident safety officer. Fire department safety officers acquire the most current requirements for professional duties, responsibilities, and qualifications as well as best-practices for organization and position appointments within a department.

    NFPA 1521, 2020 edition, is revised to account for the latest information and potential hazards to fire personnel.

    This essential standard for fire departments and anyone involved in assessing the qualifications of safety officers is based on experience and insight from a broad scope of industry experts. The first significant revision since becoming a Professional Qualifications document in the JPR format, the 2020 edition features changes and additions that include the following:

    • Updated contamination control and traffic incident safety sections to match the contamination control requirements in NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety, Health, and Wellness Program
    • Inclusion of critical knowledge points regarding the removal, care, and washing of personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Added knowledge points for traffic incidents, vehicle location details, and PPE
    • Revised department safety officer section to include additional contamination control details
    • Alignment with NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, to address the personnel safety in search and rescue operations.

    Help ensure you are up to date with the qualifications and functions of officers responsible for fire department occupational safety and health.

    NFPA 1521, Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer Professional Qualifications, compliance mitigates risks and helps protect personnel. Order your copy of the 2020 edition to access cutting edge criteria for both health safety officers and incident safety officers.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1521 Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer Professional Qualifications, 2020 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Units.
    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 Health and Safety Officer
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Risk Management.
    4.3 Laws, Codes, and Standards.
    4.4 Training and Education.
    4.5 Accident Prevention.
    4.6 Accident Investigation, Procedures, and Review.
    4.7 Records Management and Data Analysis.
    4.8 Apparatus and Equipment.
    4.9 Facility Inspection.
    4.10 Health Maintenance.
    4.11 Liaison.
    4.12 Infection Control.
    Chapter 5 Incident Safety Officer
    5.1 General.
    5.2 General Requirements
    5.3 Fire Suppression Operations.
    5.4 Technical Search and Rescue Operations.
    5.5 Hazardous Materials Operations.
    5.6 Accident Investigations and Review.
    5.7 Post-Incident Analysis (PIA).
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Safety Officer’s Post-Incident Analysis Report
    Annex C Sample ISO Incident Checklists
    Annex D Explanation of the Professional Qualifications Standards and Concepts of JPRs
    Annex E Organization
    Annex F Informational References
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