Subchapter VIII — Protective Clothing and Equipment
SPS 330.11   Minimum Standards.
SPS 330.12   Self-contained breathing apparatus.
SPS 330.13   Personal alert safety system.
Subchapter IX — Emergency Operations
SPS 330.14   Emergency operations.
Subchapter X — Facility Safety
SPS 330.145   Facility safety.
Subchapter XI — Medical
SPS 330.15   Physical and medical capabilities.
Subchapter XII — Member Assistance Referral Program
SPS 330.16   Member assistance referral program.
Subchapter XIII — Miscellaneous Activities
SPS 330.20   Hazardous materials.
SPS 330.21   Confined spaces.
SPS 330.22   Diving operations.
SPS 330.23   Miscellaneous hazardous situations.
Ch. SPS 330 Note Note: Chapter ILHR 30 as it existed on August 31, 1995, was repealed and a new chapter ILHR 30 was created effective September 1, 1995. Chapter ILHR 30 was renumbered Chapter Comm 30 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, February, 1999, No. 518. Chapter Comm 30 was renumbered chapter SPS 330 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register December 2011 No. 672.
subch. I of ch. SPS 330 Subchapter I — Purpose and Scope
SPS 330.001 SPS 330.001 Purpose. Pursuant to s. 101.055 (3) (a), Stats., the purpose of this chapter is to establish minimum safety and health standards for public sector fire department employers and their employees.
SPS 330.001 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1995, No. 476, eff. 9-1-95; CR 01-044: r. and recr. Register December 2001 No. 552, eff. 1-1-02; CR 17-067: am. Register September 2018 No. 753, eff. 10-1-18.
SPS 330.002 SPS 330.002 Scope. In addition to the requirements in ch. SPS 332, this chapter contains minimum requirements for an occupational safety and health program for public sector fire department employees involved in fire department operations.
SPS 330.002 Note Note: Private sector fire department employers and their employees are regulated under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
SPS 330.002 Note Note: Many of the requirements of this chapter are based upon the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1500-Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program and 29 CFR 1910.156 of the OSHA regulations.
SPS 330.002 Note Note: Chapter SPS 332 contains additional safety and health requirements for all public employees.
SPS 330.002 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1995, No. 476, eff. 9-1-95; CR 01-044: r. and recr. Register December 2001 No. 552, eff. 1-1-02; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2011 No. 672.
SPS 330.003 SPS 330.003 Application.
SPS 330.003(3)(3) Conflicts. If requirements of the statutes, this chapter, or other Wisconsin administrative code chapters specify varying requirements, the requirement more protective of employee safety and health shall apply.
SPS 330.003(4) (4)Global deletions for the NFPA standards. Unless specified in subch. IV or specifically applied by another section in this chapter, the following requirements of the NFPA standards do not apply as rules of the department:
SPS 330.003(4)(a) (a) All requirements of a secondary standard or publication that is referenced in a standard adopted in subch. IV.
SPS 330.003(4)(b) (b) All requirements pertaining to emergency medical services.
SPS 330.003(4)(c) (c) All requirements that mandate fire fighter certification.
SPS 330.003(4)(d) (d) All requirements that mandate fire apparatus operator certification.
SPS 330.003(4)(e) (e) All requirements that mandate instructor certification.
SPS 330.003 History History: CR 01-044: cr. Register December 2001 No. 552, eff. 1-1-02; CR 17-067: r. (1), (2), am. (3), cr. (4) Register September 2018 No. 753, eff. 10-1-18.
subch. II of ch. SPS 330 Subchapter II — Definitions
SPS 330.01 SPS 330.01 Definitions. In this chapter:
SPS 330.01(1) (1)“Aerial device" means any extendable or articulating device that is designed to position fire fighters and handle fire fighting equipment.
SPS 330.01(1m) (1m) “ Ambulance service provider” has the meaning given under s. 256.01 (3), Stats.
SPS 330.01(2) (2)“Approved" means acceptable to the department.
SPS 330.01(3) (3)“Authority having jurisdiction" means the department.
SPS 330.01(4) (4)“Basic life support” has the meaning given under s. 256.15 (1) (d), Stats.
SPS 330.01(5) (5)“Department" means the department of safety and professional services.
SPS 330.01(6) (6)“Emergency operation” means activities of the fire department relating to rescue, fire suppression, emergency medical care, and special operations, including response to the scene of the incident and functions performed at the scene.
SPS 330.01(6h) (6h)“Employee" or “public employee", as defined in s. 101.055 (2) (b), Stats., means any employee of the state, of any state agency or of any political subdivision of the state.
SPS 330.01(6m) (6m)“Employer" or “public employer", as defined in s. 101.055 (2) (d), Stats., means the state, any state agency or any political subdivision of the state.
SPS 330.01(7) (7)“Fire apparatus” means a vehicle operated by a fire department and used for emergency operations to transport personnel and equipment and to support the suppression of fires and mitigation of other hazardous situations.
SPS 330.01(8) (8)“Fire chief" means the highest ranking officer in charge of a fire department.
SPS 330.01(9) (9)“Fire department" means any public organization engaged in fire fighting.
SPS 330.01(10) (10)“Fire fighter” means any person performing the powers and duties of a public fire department, whether or not that person is engaged in emergency operations. “Fire fighter” includes full- and part-time employees and paid and unpaid volunteers.
SPS 330.01(11) (11)“Fire fighter organization" means an organization that represents the collective and individual rights and interests of fire fighters, such as a collective bargaining group or a fire fighters association. “Fire fighter organization" includes any organization that fire fighters authorize to represent their interests in negotiations with fire department managers.
SPS 330.01(12) (12)“Fire fighting" means any activity related to controlling and extinguishing an unwanted fire or a fire set for training fire fighters, including any activity that exposes a fire fighter to the danger of heat, flame, smoke, or any other product of combustion, explosion, or structural collapse, but does not include any activities pertaining to fighting wildland fires. Fire fighting includes emergency operations and responses related to rescues, terrorism, and special hazards.
SPS 330.01(13g) (13g) “ Fit test” means the use of a testing protocol to qualitatively or quantitatively evaluate and verify the proper fit and seal of a respirator on an individual.
SPS 330.01 Note Note: See also qualitative fit test (QLFT) and quantitative fit test (QNFT).
SPS 330.01(13r) (13r) “ Hazard” means a condition, an object, or an activity with the potential of causing personal injury, equipment damage, loss of material, or reduction of the ability to accomplish the mission.
SPS 330.01(14) (14)“Hazardous atmosphere" means any atmosphere that is oxygen deficient or that contains a toxic or disease producing contaminant, whether or not it is immediately dangerous to life or health.
SPS 330.01(14g) (14g) “ Health and safety officer" means the person assigned and authorized by the fire chief as the manager of the fire department's health and safety programs.
SPS 330.01(14r) (14r) “ Immediately dangerous to life or health” or “IDLH” means any condition that would pose an immediate or delayed threat to life, cause irreversible adverse health effects, or interfere with an individual's ability to escape from a hazardous environment.
SPS 330.01(15) (15)“Imminent hazard" means an act or condition that presents a danger to persons or property that is so urgent and severe that it requires immediate corrective or preventive action.
SPS 330.01(15m) (15m) “ Incident commander” means the individual who has the overall authority and responsibility for the management of emergency operations and personnel activities, including the development of strategies and tactics and the ordering and release of resources.
SPS 330.01(16) (16)“Incident management system” means an organized system that defines the roles and responsibilities assumed by emergency responders and the standard operating guidelines used to manage and direct emergency operations and other related functions.
SPS 330.01(16m) (16m) “ Incident safety officer" means the individual designated by the fire chief or incident commander who has obtained training from a qualified instructor on the roles and responsibilities of an incident safety officer.
SPS 330.01(17) (17)“Member” means a person occupying any position or rank within a fire department and involved in performing any type of duties or responsibilities under the authority of a fire department. “Member” includes a full- or part-time employee or paid or unpaid volunteer.
SPS 330.01(17m) (17m) “ National Incident Management System” or “NIMS” means a system that provides a consistent, nationwide approach for organizations to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity.
SPS 330.01(19) (19)“Occupational illness” means an illness or disease contracted through or aggravated by the performance of the duties, responsibilities, and functions of a fire department member.
SPS 330.01(20) (20) “ Occupational injury” means an injury sustained during the performance of the duties, responsibilities, and functions of a fire department member.
SPS 330.01(21c) (21c) “ Qualified instructor" means a fire service instructor who is determined by the fire chief to be knowledgeable in the topic and has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to deliver instruction effectively from a prepared lesson plan, including instructional aids and evaluation instruments; adapt lesson plans to the unique requirements of the students and authority having jurisdiction; organize the learning environment so that learning and safety are maximized; and meet the record-keeping requirements of the authority having jurisdiction.
SPS 330.01(21g) (21g) “ Qualitative fit test” or “QLFT” means a pass or fail fit test to assess the adequacy of respirator fit that relies on the individual's response to the test agent.
SPS 330.01(21n) (21n) “ Quantitative fit test” or “QNFT” means an assessment of the adequacy of respirator fit by numerically measuring the amount of leakage into the respirator.
SPS 330.01(21r) (21r) “ Personal alert safety system” or “PASS” means a device that continually senses for lack of movement of the wearer and automatically activates the alarm signal, indicating the wearer is in need of assistance.
SPS 330.01(21w) (21w) “ Self-contained breathing apparatus” or “SCBA” means an atmosphere-supplying respirator for which the breathing air source is designed to be carried by the user.
SPS 330.01(23) (23)“Service test" means the regular, periodic inspection and testing of apparatus and equipment, according to an established schedule and procedure, to ensure that it is in safe and functional operating condition.
SPS 330.01(24) (24)“Special hazard" means a substance, device, event, circumstance or condition that presents an unusual and severe danger to fire fighters or an abnormally high level of fire danger. Special hazards include water rescue, confined space entry, high-angle rescue, and operations requiring specialized training.
SPS 330.01(25) (25)Standard operating guideline” means a written organizational directive that establishes or prescribes specific operational or administrative methods to be followed routinely, which can be varied due to operational need in the performance of designated operations or actions.
SPS 330.01(26) (26) “ Structural fire fighting” means fire fighting that involves buildings, enclosed structures, enclosed vehicles, or enclosed vessels.
SPS 330.01 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1995, No. 476, eff. 9-1-95; CR 01-044: cr. (6h) and (6m), r. (22), Register December 2001 No. 552, eff. 1-1-02; correction in (5), (18) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., 7., Stats., Register December 2011 No. 672; CR 17-067: cr. (1m), am. (4), (6), (7), (10), (12), r. (13), cr. (13g), (13r), (14g), (14r), (15m), am. (16), cr. (16m), renum. (17) (intro.) to (17) and am., r. (17) (a) to (c), cr. (17m), r. (18), am. (19), (20), r. (21), cr. (21c), (21g), (21n), (21r), (21w), am. (25), (26) Register September 2018 No. 753, eff. 10-1-18.
subch. III of ch. SPS 330 Subchapter III — Administration and Enforcement
SPS 330.011 SPS 330.011 Inspections.
SPS 330.011(1)(1)Right of entry to investigate or inspect. The authorized representatives of the department, upon presentation of the appropriate credentials to an employer, may do all of the following:
SPS 330.011(1)(a) (a) Enter without delay and at reasonable times any building, place of employment or workplace of a public employer, or an environment where work is performed by an employee of the employer.
SPS 330.011(1)(b) (b) Inspect and investigate during regular working hours and at other reasonable times, and within reasonable limits and in a reasonable manner, any place of employment and all pertinent conditions, structures, machines, apparatus, devices, equipment, and materials, and question privately any employer or employee.
SPS 330.011(2) (2)Participation in inspections. Pursuant to s. 101.055 (5), Stats., a representative of the employer, an employee, or an employee representative shall be provided an opportunity to accompany a department inspector on any inspection made under this chapter.
SPS 330.011(3) (3)Requests for inspections.
SPS 330.011(3)(a) (a) Any person, who believes a safety or health standard or variance is being violated or that a situation exists which poses a recognized hazard likely to cause death or serious physical harm, may request the department to conduct an inspection by completing a complaint registration form designated by the department.
SPS 330.011 Note Note: The online complaint form is available on the Department's website at See s. 101.055, Stats., for information regarding the complaint process.
SPS 330.011(3)(b) (b) If an employee or employee representative requesting an inspection requests confidentiality, that person's name may not be disclosed to the employer or any other person, including any state agency except the department.
SPS 330.011(4) (4)Orders. Pursuant to s. 101.055 (6), Stats., the department shall issue orders for violation of this chapter.
SPS 330.011 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1995, No. 476, eff. 9-1-95; CR 17-067: am. (1), (3) (a), (b), r. (3) (c) Register September 2018 No. 753, eff. 10-1-18.
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