Public Safety Program

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The Public Safety Program is based on one of ten sector groupings within the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). It has five sub-sectors: fire service, law enforcement, corrections, emergency medical service, and wildland fire service.

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Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug similar, yet much more potent, to morphine and heroin. Emergency first responders have a high risk of coming in contact with the drug, unknowingly from its many forms. Exposure can be quick and lethal. While NIOSH has no occupational exposure data on fentanyl or its analogues for emergency responders, we have developed recommendations relating to safe operating procedures, training, personal protective equipment,  and decontamination procedures to reduce emergency responders risk of harm due to fentanyl.

Fire Fighter Cancer Registry
On July 9th 2018 President Donald Trump signed legislation requiring the CDC to set up a registry of fire fighters that will track links between their workplace exposures and cancer. NIOSH will take the lead in establishing the registry.

Page last reviewed: January 28, 2019, 12:00 AM