2022 NFPA 1581 Standard - Current Edition
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    Help control the spread of infections to and among fire service and EMS personnel with the 2022 edition of NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program.

    Firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) personnel can be exposed to a wide array of airborne and blood-borne infectious diseases in their work with the public. The updated edition of NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, contains requirements for an infection control program that can help reduce or eliminate potential exposures and provide treatment for personnel who need it.

    The majority of responses in fire departments are EMS-related. The need for an infection control policy and program is integral for personnel operating in this environment, as members can come into contact with potentially infectious illnesses in their work with the public. Fire departments that do not provide emergency medical services should also have proactive infection control programs, as they still interact with the public through domestic violence situations, hazardous materials releases, and routine structural fires. In all of these circumstances, the potential for infection still exists.

    Use the latest protocols to address health risks and help protect fire service members in all phases of their work.

    Requirements in NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, cover the identification, evaluation, control, and monitoring of risks from infectious environments at the fire station, in fire apparatus, during procedures at an incident scene, and at any other area where fire department members are involved in routine or emergency operations. Important updates in the 2022 edition of NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, can help fire service personnel ensure they have the proper level of protection against infection, including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

    NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, applies to organizations providing rescue, fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, special operations, and other emergency services, including public, military, private, and industrial fire departments. The standard does not apply to industrial fire brigades.

    Help protect fire service personnel from infection in all the stages of their operations by ordering the latest edition of NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, today. (Print, Approx. 30 pp., 2022)

  • Table of Contents (2022 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1581 Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program, 2022 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Equivalency.
    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 Program Components
    4.1 Policy.
    4.2 Risk Management.
    4.3 Training and Education.
    4.4 Infection Control Officer.
    4.5 Health Maintenance.
    4.6 Infectious Exposures.
    Chapter 5 Fire Department Facilities
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Kitchen Areas.
    5.3 Sleeping Areas.
    5.4 Bathrooms.
    5.5 Equipment Storage Areas.
    5.6 Cleaning Areas.
    5.7 Disinfecting Facilities.
    5.8 Disposal Areas.
    Chapter 6 Fire Department Apparatus
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Vehicles Used to Transport Patients.
    Chapter 7 Protection for Emergency Medical Service Operations
    7.1 Personnel.
    7.2 Personal Protective Equipment.
    7.3 Handling of Sharp Objects.
    Chapter 8 Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Disposal
    8.1 Skin Washing.
    8.2 Disinfectants.
    8.3 Emergency Medical Equipment and Environmental Surfaces.
    8.4 Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment.
    8.5 Disposal of Materials.
    8.6 Linen.
    8.7 Housekeeping.
    8.8 Labeling.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Sample Policy Statements
    Annex C Disinfection and Sterilization Methods
    Annex D Informational References
  • 2015 Edition

    2015 Edition

    Provide infection control for fire service and emergency medical services personnel with the 2015 edition of NFPA 1581.

    In their work with the public, fire fighters and EMS personnel can be exposed to a broad array of airborne and blood-borne infectious diseases. Use the latest protocols that address these types of occupational health risks and the need to protect fire service members in all phases of their work. NFPA 1581, Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program contains requirements for a fire department infection control program.

    Be proactive to reduce or eliminate potential exposures and provide prompt treatment. Requirements in NFPA 1581 cover the identification, evaluation, control, and monitoring of risks from infectious environments at the fire station, in fire apparatus, during procedures at an incident scene, and at any other area where fire department members are involved in routine or emergency operations.

    Changes in the 2015 edition of NFPA 1581 help ensure the proper level of protection against infection.

    • Department chiefs and infection control officers will find comprehensive information that helps them provide protection for personnel.
    • The Standard and its requirements now also apply to ambulances. Revisions align with NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances, which has the latest parameters that ensure ambulances are safe and reliable.

    NFPA 1581 applies to organizations providing rescue, fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, special operations and other emergency services, including public, military, private, and industrial fire departments. The Standard does not apply to industrial fire brigades. (Print, 27 pp., 2015)

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