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Program Description

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. The program strives to fulfill its mission through:

  • High Quality Research: NIOSH will continually strive for high quality research and prevention activities that will lead to reductions in occupational injuries and illnesses among responders and recovery personnel.
  • Practical Solutions: The EPR program portfolio will focus on the development of practical solutions to complex problems that cause occupational diseases, injuries, and fatalities among response and recovery workers.
  • Partnerships: The EPR program portfolio steering committee will maintain collaborative efforts with labor, industry, government, and other stakeholders as a cornerstone, understanding that these partnerships are usually the best means of achieving successful outcomes.
  • Research to Practice ( r2p ): NIOSH believes that our research only realizes its true value when put into practice. As such, for every new research project within the EPR program portfolio, NIOSH will formulate a strategy to promote the transfer and translation of research findings into prevention practices and products that will be adopted in the workplace.

In accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, emergency response providers include Federal, State, and local emergency response, emergency medical (including hospital emergency facilities), and related personnel, agencies, and authorities. These responders might include hazardous materials response teams, urban search and rescue assets, community emergency response teams, anti-terrorism units, special weapons and tactics teams, bomb squads, emergency management officials, first receivers, municipal agencies, and private organizations responsible for transportation, communications, medical services, public health, disaster assistance, public works, and construction (PL107-296, Sec 2[6]).