By Laura French
QUINCY, Mass. — The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is offering free public access to codes and standards to help organizations address the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There has never been a more critical time to work together to safeguard lives from this public health crisis,” the NFPA said in an announcement. “Regardless of whether COVID-19 has already hit your community, the threat provides the opportunity to evaluate your readiness and put a plan in place if the danger of the virus continues to grow.”
The association encouraged organizations to use its standards to assist with prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts during the pandemic.
The standards being made available are:
- NFPA 1600: Standard on Continuity, Emergency, and Crisis Management
- NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code
- NFPA 1999: Standard on Protective Clothing and Ensembles for Emergency Medical Operations
- NFPA 1581: Standard on Fire Department Infection Control Program
The association also published a blog post outlining pandemic preparedness tips for organizations.