Does PESH or OSHA require NY firefighters to have a yearly physical or does the questionaire under 29cfr1910.134 cover this. Our department is having a battle over this. I feel our interior FF's should have them yearly.

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PESH enforces OSHA standards on the fire departments. They follow 29CFR1910.134 so you get cleared by your medical director to wear an SCBA. This usually requires a physical.
Having a physical should not kill you ,but help you .. If your like me in your 40s why not !! Iwas in a dept . in upstate N.Y. and I would do it just because you never know !! as a driver it really wont hurt . as far as interior FF depends on age . if your 18-30 , you should every 2 yrs, 30 and up every year unless you have problems . We all know what those are .. It should not have to be an OSHA regulayion , but part of your SOPs and SOGs.. My brothers and sisters lets take care of ourselfs.. be safe and strong
Our Chief has our FF's fill out a medical questionaire each year and calls it good. Apparently our physician signs off on everyone. I've been here 5 years and nobody has had a physical unless they just joined. Many of our interior guys don't want physicals because there may be restriction placed on them due to their physical condition. I guess they would rather just take the gamble. Unfortunately it will be me dragging them out!
This is one thing I think should be mandatory but sadly is not. It could save your life and maybe more.
Thats Scary!!! Do they relize they play in fire a.k.a. a very deadly place to be lol.


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