FRSC209 Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services

Department of Professional Studies: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC209 Occupational Safety and Health for Emergency Services
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
FRSC100 (C or better) and Writing Placement Score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better).
V. Other Pertinent Information
  1. This course aligns with Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) associate degree curriculum requirements.
  2. Students having the appropriate prerequisites are eligible to test for Professional Certification (ProBoard) in accordance with NFPA 1521 to the Fire Department Safety Officer - Incident Safety Officer and Fire Department Safety Officer - Health and Safety Officer Levels.
  3. This course may be completed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) if the student has ProBoard and/or IFSAC Professional Certification to the Fire Department Safety Officer - Incident Safety Officer and Fire Department Safety Officer - Health and Safety Officer Levels., in accordance with NFPA 1521.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces the concepts of occupational health and safety as it relates to emergency service organizations. Topics include risk and hazardous evaluation and control procedures for emergency service organizations.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. Describe the history of occupational health and safety;
    2. Identify occupational health and safety programs for industry and emergency services today;
    3. Compare the difference between standards and regulations;
    4. List and describe the components of risk identification, risk evaluation, and incident management;
    5. Describe the relevance for safety in the work place including the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
    6. Apply the knowledge of an effective safety plan to pre-incident planning, response, and training activities;
    7. Explain the components of an accountability system in emergency service operations;
    8. Discuss the need for and the process used for post-incident analysis;
    9. Describe the components and value of critical incident management programs;
    10. Describe the responsibilities of individual responders, supervisors, safety officers, and incident commanders, safety program managers, safety committees and fire department managers as they relate to health and safety programs;
    11. Describe the components of a wellness/fitness plan; and
    12. Identify and analyze the major causes involved in line-of-duty firefighter deaths related to health, wellness, fitness and vehicle operations.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Introduction
      1. History of Occupational Safety and Health in Industry
      2. History of Occupational Safety and Health in Emergency Service Organizations
      3. Identification of safety problems
      4. Review of national injury statistics
      5. National, State, and private organizations involved with occupational safety and health
    2. Safety-Related Regulations and Standards
      1. Regulations versus Standards
      2. Federal regulation pertaining to occupational safety and health
      3. NFPA Standards pertaining to occupational safety and health
    3. Risk Management
      1. Risk Evaluation
      2. Risk Control
    4. Safety Program Development and Management
      1. Essential elements
      2. Setting goals and objectives
      3. Cost benefit analysis
      4. Training
      5. Developing standard operating procedures
      6. Collecting data
      7. Publishing health and safety information
      8. Evaluating the results
    5. Employee Fitness/Wellness Programs
      1. Hazards faced
      2. Organizational development
      3. Employee acceptance
      4. Medical examinations
      5. Physical fitness
    6. Pre-Incident Safety
      1. Hazards faced
      2. Station safety
      3. Apparatus Safety
      4. Response Safety
      5. Pre-Incident Planning
    7. Safety at Fire Emergencies
      1. Hazards faced
      2. Incident priorities and safety
      3. Incident management systems
      4. Accountability
      5. Rapid intervention
      6. Rehabilitation
    8. Safety at EMS Emergencies
      1. Hazards faced
      2. Infection control
      3. Personal protective equipment
      4. Incident management systems
      5. Scene safety
    9. Safety at Specialized Incidents
      1. Hazards faced
      2. Safety at Hazardous Materials Incidents
      3. Safety at Technical Rescue Incidents
      4. Safety at Terrorism Incidents
      5. Safety at Natural disasters
    10. Post-Incident Safety Management
      1. Incident termination
      2. Post-Incident Analysis
      3. Critical Incident Stress Management
    11. Personal Roles
      1. Individuals
      2. Supervisors
      3. Managers
      4. Incident commanders
      5. Safety officers
      6. Safety program managers
      7. Safety committee
    12. Making it Happen
      1. Determining, measuring, and showcasing the benefits
      2. Selling management
      3. Selling employees
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students satisfy the course learning goals via class discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/00; course number revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015; Revised 6/2016