A hazardous materials response can be complicated by numerous pieces of legislation and regulation. In the main, legislation and regulation are the responsibility of those who produce, transport, use or store the substances. However, some do relate directly to fire and rescue services. All legislation relevant to fire and rescue services and industry is listed in A foundation for hazardous materials.
It is important for fire and rescue services to have personnel with specialist knowledge about hazardous materials to ensure that legal provisions designed to keep the community and responders safe are recognised, understood and maintained.