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Protecting emergency response and recovery workers.

Authors
Reissman-DB; Funk-R; Halpin-J; Piacentino-J; Kitt-MM; Howard-J
Source
Terrorism and public health: a balanced approach to strengthening systems and protecting people, 2nd edition. Levy BS, Sidel VW, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011 Nov; :342-361
NIOSHTIC No.
20044769
Abstract
Emergency response and recovery work encompasses a broad range of activities, including search, rescue, recovery, cleanup, and restoration. These activities are performed by workers from many occupations. Occupational health and safety hazards endanger these workers, especially when the emergency is complex, unusual, or large-scale. All appropriate measures need to be taken to protect them from these hazards. This chapter presents the key elements of a protection system for emergency response and recovery workers, emphasizing post-incident health tracking of at-risk workers. It is important to obtain information on (a) worker vulnerabilities before they respond, (b) hazardous exposures during and after an emergency, and (c) changes in workers' health status and their concerns about work exposures. These elements should be codified into a system for response and recovery work that has a defined organizational structure, standard operating procedures, and workers with certified expertise to fulfill key roles.
Keywords
Emergency-response; Emergency-responders; Surveillance-programs
Publication Date
20111101
Document Type
Book or book chapter
Editors
Levy-BS; Sidel-VW
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780199765546
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
Terrorism and public health: a balanced approach to strengthening systems and protecting people
State
GA; DC
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