Managing Bushfire Smoke Exposure

Fire, land management and emergency workers can be exposed to a range of hazards and risks when completing work tasks. These may vary depending on the incident type, the urgency of response and environmental conditions. 

Given the nature of emergency response work, it has been acknowledged that established safe work practices and risk management approaches that apply in non-emergency situations may not be appropriate to use while responding to an emergency. Additionally, the practice of prescribed burning gives rise to situations where it is impossible for workers to avoid some exposure to bushfire smoke. Agencies have an obligation to ensure that their responders are protected from hazards, as far as reasonably practicable, regardless of whether they are responding to an emergency or not. 

Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Limited 
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Selection of Appropriate Respiratory Protective Devices (RPD) During Bushfires 

This guideline covers the types of RPD that may be used and worn by workers during bushfires or at controlled fires, e.g. a prescribed burn, or bushfire.

This guideline specifically excludes RPD used by workers at structure fires, vehicle fires, HAZMAT incidents and other like incidents.

Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Limited 
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