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. Public safety workers are employed in some of the most dangerous occupations in the world. They respond, protect, and restore the safety, security, and routine to our lives through their day-to-day and emergency response operations.

Featured Resources

Preventing Unintentional Occupational Exposure to Illicit Drugs Among Public Safety Workers
NIOSH has developed recommendations on safe operating procedures, training, personal protective equipment, and decontamination procedures to reduce the risk of harm to emergency responders due to exposure to illicit drugs.

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 created the National Firefighter Registry (NFR) to better understand the link between on-the-job exposures to toxins and cancer. All current and former firefighters are encouraged to provide vital information about their own health and work experiences by participating in the NFR. Participating will help increase the knowledge about the health risks faced by firefighters.

Law Enforcement Officer Road Code Toolkit
Vehicle crashes have been a leading cause of death for on-duty law enforcement officers for more than 20 years. On average, an officer dies each week from a crash. In 2018, 50 officers died in crashes (an increase of 9% from 2017). The Officer Road Code Toolkit is designed to promote safe driving practices within an agency so that patrol officers operate by a unified code behind the wheel: Drive to Arrive Alive.

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