PEOSH Standards for Firefighters (N.J.A.C. 12:100-8)


The PEOSH Standards for firefighters contains requirements for the organization, training, and personal protective equipment of fire service organizations and applies to all fire service members in the public sector performing structural fire fighting.

The PEOSH Standards for Firefighters is enforced by the NJ Departments of Labor & Workforce Development (NJDLWD) and NJ Department of Health (NJDOH). Below is a breakdown of which agency enforces which subchapter of the regulation. 


10.3 Organization, training and education
10.4 Personnel limitations on ability to perform
10.5 Protective clothing
10.6 Protective clothing; foot and leg protection
10.7 Protective clothing; body protection
10.8 Protective clothing; hand protection
10.9 Protective clothing; head, eye and face
10.11 Life-safety rope, harness and hardware
10.12 Personal alert safety system
10.15 Fire apparatus operations
10.16 Maintenance of firefighter equipment


10.10 Respiratory protection devices
10.13 Hearing protection
10.14 Filling air cylinders

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Compliance Assistance


  • Model Fire Department Written Respiratory Protection Program Word file [Word 373k] or [pdf 831k]
    To assist fire departments in complying with the PEOSH Respiratory Protection standard requirements.

  • Addition of a Last Chance Bailout System to a NIOSH Certified Respirator [pdf 89k]

  • Replacement Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Cylinders [pdf 57k]

  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Cylinders Failure [pdf 30k]
    Provides precautionary measures for refilling cylinders and using fragmentation shields. Lists minimum PEOSH Standards for firefighters, training and charging stations.

  • Reducing Firefighters’ Potential Chemical Exposures from Contaminated Skin or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Your Health Depends On It [pdf 302k]
  • Diesel Exhaust in Fire Stations [pdf 67k]
    Provides information on the health effects of diesel exhaust exposure and recommendations for controlling exposure to diesel exhaust in fire stations.

  • Firefighter Poster [pdf 149k]
    This poster was developed with the Bureau of Fire Safety in the NJ Department of Community Affairs in conjunction with a NIOSH study that identified risk factors that contributed to firefighter injuries in New Jersey. This poster encourages the use of respiratory protection.
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Additional Resources
  • PEOSH Occupational Noise Standard
    Noise is not a new hazard. Too much noise exposure may cause a temporary change in hearing (your ears may feel stuffed up) or a temporary ringing in your ears (tinnitus). These short-term problems usually go away within a few minutes or hours after leaving the noise. However, repeated exposures to loud noise can lead to permanent, incurable hearing loss or tinnitus. The standard recommends removing hazardous noise from the workplace whenever possible and using hearing protectors in those situations.
  • OSHA: The federal OSHA Web site contains information for emergency responders.

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Last Reviewed: 12/4/2019