Présentation de l'éditeur
The hazards of hostile or unknown environments, communicable diseases, violence, hazardous materials and critical incident stress unfortunately continue to be on the rise and effect those emergency responders in the fire and EMS departments across the United States. Additional hazards such as those associated
with driving, lifting and carrying, and overexertion also effect the morbidity of those providing EMS services.
This manual is intended to be used for the implementation of programs that identify the hazards faced by EMS providers and describes the ways in which these responders can and should deal with these risks.
We encourage all EMS providers to address the issue of occupational safety and health programs. A properly protected, trained and staffed EMS response will not only provide a greater margin of safety to the members, but will enhance the service to the citizens that we are sworn to protect. With a positive
approach to these issues we will better understand and, most importantly, prevent the injuries and fatalities that plague this occupation.
We would like to thank the fire fighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians and their respective organizations for assisting in the development of this manual. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration is proud to provide this first comprehensive manual
that seeks to protect the health and safety of all EMS providers.