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Occupational health guidelines for remediation workers at Bacillus anthracis-contaminated sites - United States, 2001 - 2002.
MMWR 2002 Sep; 51(35):786-789
Remediation workers involved in clean up and decontamination are potentially exposed to Bacillus anthracis spores while working in contaminated buildings along the paths of letters implicated in bioterrorism-related anthrax. Federal guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations for hazardous waste operations and hazardous material response workers (HAZWOPER) (1,2) provide information about surveillance for hazardous exposures, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing, and a generic medical program but do not address anthrax specifically. CDC has developed the following guidelines to provide medical protection for current and future workers responsible for making B. anthracis-contaminated buildings safe for others to enter and occupy. This information will benefit medical directors and consultants who design and supervise medical components of the OSHA-required health and safety plan (HASP), health-care providers who implement these programs for onsite workers or who care for workers offsite, and site health and safety officers who coordinate onsite programs.
Hazardous-materials; Hazardous-waste-cleanup; Bacterial-disease; Bacterial-infections; Biological-weapons; Decontamination; Surveillance-programs; Personal-protective-equipment; Engineering-controls; Administration; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health-programs; Respirators
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
OH; WV; PA
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division