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Demonstration and Sentinel Surveillance
System of PPE Usage in US Healthcare Workers – FY09

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Current Information can be found at: PPT Surveillance Planning – FY10


  • 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

  • Kelsey Seybold Hospital Systems
  • 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.


  • 1Q - Obtain input for proposal
  • 2Q - Finalize proposal
  • 3Q - Peer review proposal
  • 4Q - Begin implementation pending funding


  • Publish results
  • Reports
  • 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: April 05, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 14, 2009
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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