Health & Safety Issues
Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Featured Resources provide the latest information on workplace safety, health and well-being. Additional information can be filtered by topic in the supporting navigation to the left of the article content.
Illicit Drug Exposure: Tools for responders
These resources are found below, along with additional health and safety resources related to occupational exposure to synthetic opioids and the hazards associated with clandestine meth labs.
Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders
Fentanyl and its analogs pose a potential hazard to law enforcement, public health workers, and first responders who could unknowingly come into contact with these drugs in their different forms.
Traumatic Incident Stress
NIOSH recommends that all workers involved in response activities help themselves and their coworkers and reduce the risk of experiencing stress associated with a traumatic incident by utilizing simple methods to recognize, monitor, and maintain health on-site and following such experiences.
Evacuation & Shelter-in-Place
This web page provides workers and employers guidance on planning for safe evacuations and shelter-in-place procedures during emergencies that may affect their workplace.
OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Emergency Preparedness and Response
These Emergency Preparedness and Response pages provide information on how to prepare and train for emergencies and the hazards to be aware of when an emergency occurs. The pages provide information for employers and workers across industries.
Expecting the Unexpected: What to consider in planning for workplace emergencies
his guide asks you to think about potential emergencies where you work – events that could affect you, your employees, your customers, or the public – and helps you plan for them now.
Source: Oregon OSHA
Preventing Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens among Paramedics
Patient care puts paramedics at risk of exposure to blood. These exposures carry the risk of infection from bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.
National Response Team: Guidance for Managing Worker Fatigue During Disaster Operations
This Technical Assistance Document addresses worker fatigue during large-scale disaster operations, and is intended to serve as a hands-on manual to assist organizations address fatigue issues among disaster workers.