Protecting the Protectors: An Assessment of Frontlines Federal Works in Response to the Swine Flu (H1N1) Outbreak, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, May 14, 2009   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the opening statement of Stephen F. Lynch: "As you may know, the purpose of today's hearing is to examine the status of Federal agencies' occupational safety and health protocols that are responsible for protecting Federal workers from communicable diseases such as the H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu. [...] In the wake of the H1N1 flu outbreak-we hope it is the wake-this afternoon's hearing has been convened to examine and discuss current Federal worker safety protections and policies. [...] And today's hearing also affords us the chance to enter into a dialog about the implementation of future policies that would govern and lay out the rights of frontline workers to access and don protective gear during a time of potential crisis. This is especially noteworthy since most of our medical experts express the opinion that, next fall, we could see a resurgence, or an echo of sorts, of the H1N1 virus but in a more lethal form. Be it the result of a public health emergency or a manmade disaster, since 9/11 our country, as a whole, has awakened to the need for ongoing emergency preparedness. [...] In short, the Federal Government cannot ably respond to emergencies if the very personnel needed as part of that response are, themselves, compromised." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: T.J. Bonner, Colleen Kelley, Thomas Galassi, David Weissman, Elaine Duke, Nancy Kichak, Thomas F. O'Brien, Jeffrey Levi, Jason Chaffetz, Stephen F. Lynch, and Bennie G. Thompson.

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