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On December 21, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released text of a proposed rule it plans to publish in January 2024 covering the health and safety of emergency response workers. The proposal would update the agency’s 43-year-old fire brigades rule.

It would also update the existing fire brigades standard and expand safety and health protections for emergency responders, including private emergency medical service (EMS) providers, firefighters, and search-and-rescue workers.

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