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Emergency Response Resources
Provides links to resources for worker safety and health during all phases of emergency response deployment. These resources cover a range of emergency types and are appropriate for employers and responders. The page also contains a link to a subpage specific to emergency responders .

Motor Vehicle Safety
Provides background and resources related to work-related motor vehicle safety. Includes a listing of publications specific to Vehicle Safety for Fire Fighters and Emergency Responders.

National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Council: Public Safety
The NORA Public Safety Sector Council focuses on career and volunteer public safety workers employed in corrections, emergency medical services, fire fighting, and law enforcement. A goal of the NORA Public Safety Council is to identify the most salient needs of this diverse sector. The council seeks to support the most important research, understand the most effective intervention strategies, and learn how to implement those strategies to achieve sustained improvements in workplace practice.

NIOSH Program Portfolio: Emergency Preparedness and Response
The mission of the NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Program Portfolio is to advance research and collaborations to protect the health and safety of emergency response providers and recovery workers by preventing diseases, injuries, and fatalities in anticipation of and during responses to natural and man-made disasters and novel emergent events.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009: Part G-Notification of Possible Exposure to Infectious Diseases Topic Page
NIOSH administers portions of The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment extension Act of 2009 in relation to the notification of emergency response employees who may have been exposed by victims of emergencies to potentially life-threatening infectious diseases. This webpage describes how NIOSH has responded to the duties assigned under this act and provides related resources.

Seasonal Influenza (flu) in the Workplace
NIOSH works with its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) colleagues and other partners to conduct research and make recommendations to minimize work-related risks of catching influenza. Throughout the influenza season, this topic page on influenza is updated and expanded to include a variety of resources for employers, workers, occupational health professionals, and other partners.

Healthcare Workers Safety and Health
Highlights the occupational injury risks of healthcare workers. Provides links to documents and resources related to injuries and illnesses among healthcare workers.

Bloodborne Infectious Diseases: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C
Highlights the risks of exposure to blood and body fluids. Provides resources for monitoring and preventing such exposures.

Related U.S. Government Websites

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Emergency Medical Services
Provides information on the NHTSA Office of EMS and other Federal EMS initiatives and programs including the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) and the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC). Includes a webpage dedicated to EMS Safety, which addresses workforce safety and ambulance safety.

United States Fire Administration (USFA)
Includes information on health and safety for emergency responders.

Department of Homeland Security: First Responders Group (FRG)
FRG pursues a better understanding of the response community's needs and requirements, provides technical assistance and develops innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges faced during day-to-day and large-scale emergencies.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities page
Provides data on fatal and nonfatal injuries at work from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), and other Department of Labor programs. In 2008, the SOII began capturing nonfatal injury and illness data in the public sector, offering improved insight into the injuries incurred by EMS providers.

Other Related Websites

National EMS Safety Council
This council consists of national and EMS safety organizations collaboratively working toward implementing the recommendations found in the National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy. Their activities include increasing awareness of EMS patient and practitioner safety and identifying steps that can be taken to enhance this safety.

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) - EMS and Disaster Preparedness
Contains links to ACEP EMS and disaster preparedness resources.

Emergency Responder Safety Institute
The Emergency Responder Safety Institute serves as an informal advisory panel of public safety leaders committed to reducing deaths and injuries to America's emergency responders when they respond to emergencies on or along streets, roads and highways.

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
This organization provides education and advocacy for EMS practitioners, including offering support and guidance for improved EMS worker safety and health measures.
National Association of State EMS Officials
This national organization provides support to its members in relation to EMS policy, oversight, visions, leadership, and resources. Their holistic approach to EMS systems and the associated workforce incorporates issues of workforce health and safety. This website also contains a comprehensive listing of agencies and organizations associated with EMS.

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians - Longitudinal EMT Attributes and Demographics Study
This website provides information on a national survey of EMTs that began in August 1998. This survey collects annual data to describe the EMT population, their work activities, working conditions, and job satisfaction.

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