EMS Safety Manual – April 2022

The U.S. Fire Administration recently released its new EMS Safety manual. The manual outlines how to develop a safety program that covers all aspects of EMS operations. It covers safety regulations and guidelines, while also emphasizing the importance of developing a culture of safety in the organization. The publication is divided into five sections, including basic elements of safety, physical and mental health, infection control and hazardous materials protective equipment, emergency operations and vehicle operations. Each section is supported by extensive references. The goal of the manual is to provide information to enhance the health and safety of the EMS practitioner and support the reduction of occupational illness and on-duty injuries and fatalities.