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Demonstration and Sentinel Surveillance System of PPE Usage in US Healthcare Workers - FY08


  • Utilize the Early Aberration Reporting System (EARS) to gather data related to PPE: selection, usage, supply, ordering, defects, fitting, safety programs and implementation that protect HCW
  • Determine what specific activities and resources are utilized by various hospital systems in these hazard prevention programs (HPP)
  • Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of PPE in HPP
  • Use system to demonstrate and report best practices of PPE in HPP
Healthcare worker wearing (P P E) attending a patient

Applicable Standards

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134
  • NIOSH 42 CFR 84

Key Partners

  • VHA
  • Vanderbilt University Hospital Systems


  • Healthcare workers
  • First Receivers
  • Manufacturers
  • Hospital Infection Control and Safety Officers

Project Scope

  • Monitor the selection, use, supply, defects, audits, recalls and effectiveness of PPE Safety programs in HPP in five major hospitals in the US


  • FY 08 Q2-Q3 Develop Proposal
  • Q3 Submit Proposal
  • Q4 Approve Proposal
  • FY 09 Q1 Implementation
  • Q1-Q4 Continuous monitoring
  • Site visits- Quarterly. (10/08, 01/09/, 04/09, 07/09)
  • Evaluation visits- (As needed or required)


  • Publish results, reports and recommendations to inform


  • Will translate results into the development of timely PPE interventional response in Pandemic Influenza and other disasters
  • Will differentiate between "equipment failure" and "utilization failure"
  • The results will be used to develop policies, SOPs, and correct actions for first receiver agencies (healthcare settings) nationwide
  • Serve as a model to ensure that hospitals are better prepared for Pandemic Influenza and/or other disasters (natural and man-made)
  • The system will inform and educate the preparedness and performance even in circumstances of community use of PPE
Page last updated: August 08, 2008
Page last reviewed: August 08, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)