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Protecting Emergency Responders Vol. 1-3
Based largely on input received from emergency responders and managers who have been engaged in recent major disaster responses, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, these reports show a need for research, planning, training, coordination, and management procedures to help protect emergency responders in terrorist attacks.

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Emergency Response Resources
Includes information for first responders and other emergency personnel on terrorism response, natural disasters, site management, personal protective equipment, chemical agents, and emergency preparedness.

Protecting Workers at the World Trade Center Site - Response from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIOSH Pub. No. 2002-143
Summary of the NIOSH effort to address workers' needs in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.

Use of Respiratory Protection Among Responders at the World Trade Center Site - New York City, September 2001
MMWR September 11, 2002 / 51 (Special Issue);6-8 During the weeks after September 11, the NYC Fire Department's Bureau of Health Services (FDNY-BHS) and NIOSH organized a collaborative study to evaluate occupational hazards and exposures for these workers, including their use of respiratory protection. This report summarizes the results of that study which indicate that the majority of firefighters did not use adequate respiratory protection during the first week of the rescue/recovery operation.

Impact of September 11 Attacks on Workers in the Vicinity of the World Trade Center - New York City
MMWR September 11, 2002 / 51 (Special Issue);8-10 This report summarizes the preliminary results of CDC surveys, to determine rates of physical and mental health symptoms of workers employed in the vicinity of the WTC, which indicated that workers employed near the WTC site had significantly higher rates of physical and mental health symptoms than workers employed >5 miles from the site.

CDC Summary Report to the New York City Department of Health: NIOSH Air Sample Results for the World Trade Center Disaster Response
This report is a compilation of sampling efforts that were undertaken over the course of providing technical assistance to the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH), and were used to identify potential hazards and to recommend appropriate protective measures where needed for the workers whose exposures were sampled....

External Resources

New York City Department of Public Health and Mental Hygiene 9/11 Health Website
Developed by the New York City Department of Public Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC-DOHMH) established the 9/11 Health Info website to provide the latest scientific information to the public about 9/11-related health problems and to serve as a resource for people who have health problems related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Workers' Compensation
en Español
Workers and volunteers who took part in the rescue, recovery, and clean-up activities can find information about the extended filing deadline for the Workers' Compensation Board of New York, and about eligibility and instructions on registering. Registration closes on September 11, 2010.

9/11 Workers' Compensation Public Service Announcement
Developed by the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY).

September 11: HHS Needs to Develop a Plan That Incorporates Lessons from the Responder Health Programs
This GAO report examines lessons from the WTC health programs that could guide future programs related to the World Trade Center (WTC) attack. GAO examined (1) lessons from the programs' experience and (2) HHS actions or plans that incorporate the lessons. GAO interviewed WTC health program officials and other experts and reviewed DHS and HHS documents.

Environmental Studies of the World Trade Center area after the September 11, 2001 Attack
Report describes the results of an interdisciplinary environmental characterization of the World Trade Center (WTC) area after September 11.


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