Ebola Virus Disease – Non-healthcare Workers

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Non-healthcare Workers

Airline and other workers may be at risk if they are exposed to infected people who have the signs and symptoms of Ebola. Workers are also at risk if they are directly exposed to the blood or other body fluids of a patient with Ebola or to objects such as needles that have been contaminated with infected body fluids.

The CDC has developed guidance and resources for workers in non-healthcare workplace settings including:

  • U.S. businesses (non-healthcare)
  • Deployed Ebola responders
  • Airline workers
  • Airport workers
  • Cargo ship workers
  • Food service workers
  • Funeral and mortuary workers
  • Humanitarian aid workers
  • Laboratory workers
  • Law enforcement personnel
  • School, college, and university workers
  • Wastewater workers

For current information about Ebola, visit the CDC Ebola webpage.

U.S. Businesses (Non-healthcare)

Interim Guidance for U.S. Businesses, Employers, and Business Travelers to Prevent Exposures to Ebola

Questions and Answers about Ebola for U.S. Businesses, Employers, and Business Travelers

Decontamination, Cleaning, and Waste Removal

U.S. Residence Decontamination for Ebola and Removal of Contaminated Waste

OSHA Fact Sheet: Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces: Guidance for Workers and Employers in Non-Healthcare/Non-Laboratory Settingspdf iconexternal icon

OSHA/NIOSH/EPA Fact Sheet: Safe Handling, Treatment, Transport and Disposal of Ebola-Contaminated Wastepdf iconexternal icon

EPA Disinfectants for Use Against the Ebola Virusexternal icon

OSHA Fact Sheet: PPE Selection Matrix for Occupational Exposure to Ebola Viruspdf iconexternal icon

Deployed Ebola Responders

NIOSH-OSHA Fact Sheet: Preventing Worker Fatigue Among Ebola Healthcare Workers and Responderspdf icon

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

NIOSH Factsheet: The Buddy Systempdf icon

Interim Guidance for Healthcare Workers Providing Care in West African Countries Affected by the Ebola Outbreak: Limiting Heat Burden While Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Airline Workers

Interim Guidance about Ebola Virus Infection for Airline Flight Crews, Cleaning Personnel, and Cargo Personnel

Interim Guidance for Ebola Virus Cleaning, Disinfection, and Waste Disposal in Commercial Passenger Aircraft

Guidance on Air Medical Transport for Patients with Ebola Virus Disease

Information for Airlines

Airport Workers

Factsheet for Airline Customer Service Representativespdf icon

Factsheet for Airport Retail and Food Service Workerspdf icon

Factsheet for Airport Passenger Assistance Workerspdf icon

Factsheet for Airport Custodial Staffpdf icon

Factsheet for Airport Baggage and Cargo Handlerspdf icon

Cargo Ship Workers

Interim Guidance for Cargo Ships: Monitoring Exposed Crew and Managing Suspected Cases of Ebola Onboard

Cargo Ship Guidance

Food Service Workers

Questions and Answers about Ebola and Food Safety in the United States

Factsheet for Airport Retail and Food Service Workerspdf icon

Funeral and Mortuary Workers

Humanitarian Workers

Advice for Humanitarian Aid Organizations

Advice for Humanitarian Aid Workers

Laboratory Workers

Law Enforcement Personnel

Ebola Information for Law Enforcement Professionals in the U.S.pdf icon

School, College, and University Resources

Resources for Parents, Schools, and Pediatric Healthcare Professionals

Addressing Ebola Virus Infection Concerns in K-12 Schools: Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators

Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa

Wastewater Workers

Interim Guidance for Managers and Workers Handling Untreated Sewage from Individuals with Ebola

Frequently Asked Questions

Page last reviewed: December 2, 2014