Emergency Responder Monitoring and Surveillance   [open pdf - 10MB]

"Previous emergency events have demonstrated that, despite analyzing and applying 'lessons learned', significant gaps and deficiencies continue to exist in health monitoring and worker health surveillance afforded to emergency response workers (including police, fire, and emergency medical personnel, as well as other responder groups such as public health personnel, cleanup, and repair/restoration/recovery workers). These gaps and deficiencies were documented in the Rand reports prepared following the World Trade Center response, but these problems have persisted and, despite improvements, were observed again in Hurricane Katrina and Deepwater Horizon responses. [...] In response to this continuing need, a consortium of federal agencies, state health departments, and volunteer responder groups was convened by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This set of guidelines and recommendations is the product of those deliberations. It is intended to address all aspects of protecting emergency responders and should be applicable over the full range of emergency types and settings. It is intended to be of use to all those involved in the deployment and protection of emergency responders, including incident management leadership; leadership of response organizations; health, safety, and medical personnel; and all workers involved."

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Posted here from Lessons Learned Information Sharing database (LLIS). Documents are for personal use only and copyright laws apply.
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