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Public Safety Sector Products & Impacts

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

NIOSH Public Safety-Related Publications and Reports


Law Enforcement

Ebola Information for Law Enforcement Professionals in US

First Responders

Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment for First Responders against Ebola Exposure Hazards Ebola PPE Recommendations_10 24 14.pdf

Interim NIOSH Training for Emergency Responders: Reducing Risks Associated with Long Work Hours

Emergency Medical Service Workers

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States

Algorithm for Emergency Medical Services and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points

Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

Ebola Virus Disease Screening Criteria for EMS

Additional products are available through these NIOSH activities:

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Reports

Through the Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, NIOSH conducts investigations of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths to formulate recommendations for preventing future deaths and injuries. The program does not seek to determine fault or place blame on fire departments or individual fire fighters, but to learn from these tragic events and prevent future similar events. Search for reports of interest. Some recent examples are:

Health Hazard Evaluations

A Health Hazard Evaluation is a study of a workplace that is done to learn whether workers are exposed to hazardous materials or harmful conditions and to provide recommendations for protecting these workers. More than 100 Health Hazard Evaluation Reports have been published related to Public Safety workers. You can search for reports of interest. A few examples are:

NIOSH publications

NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH. The links below provide the results of selected searches for several industry segments within the Public Safety sector:

These searches can be refined further by users to better meet their particular needs.

NORA Public Safety Council Products

Council products are outlined below. Contact the Sector Coordinator with any questions or comments.

March 2013

National Public Safety Agenda to focus research and intervention efforts

January 2011

A Fact Sheet on Safety and Health in Law Enforcement (2 pages) describes the current situation and NORA goals for prevention then invites participation by interested organizations and individuals. (Spanish)

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions or comments, contact the NORA Coordinator or the Sector Coordinator at

Sidney C. Soderholm, PhD
NORA Coordinator
William E. Haskell, M.S.
NORA Public Safety Council Co-Chair