If there is, I haven't found it. That being said, your company/agency is supposed to provide you with appropriate equipment for you to do your job. They usually require you to wear the PPE under specified situations so they don't get into trouble if you elect to NOT wear PPE. Most of the companies I worked for required that I wear gloves 100% of the time that I was providing direct patient care. If I wasn't touching the patient, I could take the gloves off. For them, it's easier/cheaper to provide gloves/mask/gown than it is to get sued or fined for NOT providing the PPE to the employees. In the ED, most of the time I don't wear gloves and I wash my hands and use the hand sanitizer a LOT. I haven't gotten sick in 2 years of working with people in the ED, even during this horribly nasty flu season. In the ED, they always had appropriate PPE... it was (usually) up to me to decide what PPE was appropriate for a given patient.Is there a fed statute that requires EMT s to wear bbp resistant turn out coat and pants on every call? Even non accident calls?
Uh, he is likely wrong*. Yes, they are obligated to provide PPE, but turnout coats, stuff like that, nah - they can get away with much less.We have one EMT that thinks there is,and ohsa could fine the member, service. Director. He quotes fed fireman stuff.
This was my basic point. Straight EMS entities can use far cheaper PPE and still have it comply with appropriate OSHA regulations. High-end PPE like turnouts also may comply but it isn't necessary unless the entity also does activities that would trigger the need for turnouts or similar protective gear to meet OSHA regs for those other activities. Clear as mud yet?
Actually, full body PPE like turnouts do not have to be on the ambulance. That being said, sufficient PPE must be available on the ambulance to meet anticipated PPE requirements. This is why you normally don't find encapsulating full body hazmat suits with a PAPR or SCBA on board every ambulance, with supplies sufficient for two because not every ambulance is going to be responding to a hazmat incident where the crew needs to work in the warm or hot zone...Answer is..... Service must have bbp/ppe available to use if needed. If the EMT sees that full body ppe is required, then put it on. Dude did say. When or if an OSHA inspection happens, full body ems turn out gear better be in ambulance. So no, EMTs do not have to wear bbp/ppe coat and pants on every call every time.
You carried all that in your pockets?Actually, full body PPE like turnouts do not have to be on the ambulance. That being said, sufficient PPE must be available on the ambulance to meet anticipated PPE requirements. This is why you normally don't find encapsulating full body hazmat suits with a PAPR or SCBA on board every ambulance, with supplies sufficient for two because not every ambulance is going to be responding to a hazmat incident where the crew needs to work in the warm or hot zone...
What did I usually have stuffed into a pocket for many calls? A gown, hat, shoe covers, N95 mask with splash shield... but I didn't have to wear it on all calls, just the ones where I needed the BBP isolation gear.
I work for a city-operated municipal 3rd service and shorts in the summer are specifically allowed in our uniform regulations.Quite simply, your EMT is wrong. there is one EMS agency I know of that wears shorts in the summer, and many fire departments do the same, including when they go on EMS runs. I'm pretty sure their shorts aren't BBP resistant.
and if he's so sure there is one, have him show you the statute. Or even better, give OSHA a call, they love answering questions about their rules, much more than after a violation has occurred.