EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE RESOURCES

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Workers are a common denominator at any disaster or novel emergency event. Protecting the health and safety of these workers by preventing diseases, injuries, and fatalities is a NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response Program priority. This can be accomplished by ensuring that responder safety and health is addressed systemically during all phases (pre-, during-, and post-deployment) to make certain only qualified, trained, and properly equipped personnel are deployed. The topic areas below contain guidance to assist employers and responders to achieve the goal of worker safety and health during responses.

In addition, the NIOSH Emergency Preparedness and Response Program Portfolio is part of a research portfolio that sets the goals and develops plans for worker safety and health research advancement and collaborations.

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  • We integrate occupational safety and health into emergency responses and during planning to protect response and recovery workers. We do the following activities:
  • Provide Guidance and recommendations
  • Support CDC Emergency response efforts
  • Participate in response planning, training, and exercises at the local, national and international level
  • Promote responder health and safety through the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS™) program
  • Conduct research through the Disaster Science Responder Research (DSRR) Program

For more information about our program please visit: EPRO Program description

 

Page last reviewed: March 28, 2018