Skip to main content

Federal OSHA Proposed Rules

Logos of four different organizations from Oregon, including state fire and ambulance associations.
Two logos: Oregon Fire District Directors Association (OFDDA) and Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association (OVFA).

On February 5, 2024, Federal OSHA published its proposed rule on emergency response in the federal register. The Oregon Fire Service is working together with Oregon OSHA to provide a response to Federal OSHA’s request for public comment. SDAO is honored to participate in this effort and will be hosting this webpage with updates and documents to assist your district with engagement tools such as template letters and information that can be shared with your strategic partners.

OSHA welcomes and encourages the submission of public comments in response to this proposed rule. To allow additional time for those individuals interested in creating and submitting a comment, OSHA will be further extending the window for comment submission. The comment period now ends on July 22, 2024. If you have questions, please contact Risk Management at




Taken from Federal OSHA’s website:



Emergency response workers in America face considerable occupational health and safety hazards in dynamic and unpredictable work environments. Current OSHA emergency response and preparedness standards are outdated and incomplete. They do not address the full range of hazards facing emergency responders, lag behind changes in protective equipment performance and industry practices, conflict with industry consensus standards, and are not aligned with many current emergency response guidelines provided by other federal agencies (e.g., DHS/FEMA). In recognition of the inadequacy of the outdated safeguards provided by the current OSHA standards, the proposed rule seeks to ensure that workers involved in Emergency Response activities get the protections they deserve from the hazards they are likely to encounter while on the job.


About the Rule

The proposed rule would replace OSHA's existing Fire Brigades standard, 29 CFR 1910.156, which was originally promulgated in 1980, covers only a subset of present-day emergency responders (firefighters) and has only had minor updates in the 43 years since it was published.

The focus of the proposed Emergency Response rule is to provide basic workplace protections for workers who respond to emergencies as part of their regularly assigned duties. Notably, the scope of protected workers under the proposed rule would be expanded to include workers who provide emergency medical service and technical search and rescue.

OSHA looks forward to receiving comments and other input from interested stakeholders and the general public.


How do I submit a comment on

The "Comment" button can be found on the following pages:

  • Docket Details page when a document within the docket is open for comment,
  • Document Details page when the document is open for comment, and
  • Document Search Tab with all search results open for comment displaying a "Comment" button.

Clicking "Comment" on any of the above pages will display the comment form. You can enter your comment on the form, attach files (maximum of 20 files up to 10MB each), and choose whether to identify yourself as an individual, an organization, or anonymously. Be sure to complete all required fields depending on which identity you have chosen. Please note that information entered on the web form may be viewable publicly. Once you have completed all required fields and chosen an identity, the "Submit Comment" button is enabled.

Upon completion, you will receive a Comment Tracking Number for your comment.

Some agencies also accept comments by mail, fax, or email. To find out if you can use one of these alternate methods, visit the document's section labelled "Addresses."

Users cannot submit comments on documents published by Non-Participating Agencies.

For step-by-step instructions, please see the Submit a Comment article.

Note: The comment due date on is based on Eastern Time. For example, if the comment due date is 02/05/2019, then you have until 02/05/2019 11:59PM ET to complete your comment on