Protecting Worker Safety and Health under the National Response Framework   [open pdf - 45KB]

"During a disaster, protecting response and recovery workers is essential for assuring a successful response and recovery. When large-scale disasters overwhelm State and local assets, the National Response Framework (NRF) Worker Safety and Health Support Annex can provide the technical assistance needed to help protect Federal, State, tribal, and local organizations' response and recovery workers. Depending upon the scope, complexity, and hazards associated with the incident, these services can include: identifying and assessing worker health and safety hazards present at the incident site and in the environment; assessing the resources needed to protect workers and identifying the sources available to meet these needs; providing technical expertise in industrial hygiene, occupational safety and health, structural collapse engineering, safety engineering, radiation safety, biological and chemical agent response, and occupational medicine; managing the creation and implementation of a site-specific health and safety plan (HASP); monitoring and managing worker safety and health hazards through on-site identification, evaluation, analysis, and mitigation, including personal exposure monitoring; providing assistance with developing, implementing, and monitoring the personal protective equipment (PPE) program, including the selection, use, and decontamination of PPE; coordinating the collection and management of exposure and accident/injury data to identify trends and facilitate data sharing; coordinating and providing incident-specific response and recovery worker training; and assisting with the development and distribution of educational materials on preventing and mitigating hazards."

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Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration: http://www.osha.gov/
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