Emergency Responders

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Sep 30, 2019
New Illicit Drug Tool-Kit for First Responders


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) this month released a new virtual Tool-Kit and provides resources to help keep these workers safe when arriving on scene where illicit drugs, including fentanyl, are present or suspected to be present.

Source: NIOSH

Feb 27, 2018
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.

Source: NIH

Oct 31, 2017
Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS)™


ERHMS Info Manager™ is a custom built software product that emergency responder organizations can use to implement the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS™) framework.

Source: NIOSH

Feb 06, 2017
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.

Source: NIOSH

Jan 29, 2017
Disaster Assistance.Gov


This DisasterHelp web site is an initial deployment that will become part of a larger initiative aimed at greatly enhancing Disaster Management on an interagency and intergovernmental basis.

Source: Disaster Assistance.Gov

Jan 29, 2017
OSHA Hazard Exposure and Risk Assessment Matrix for Hurricane Response & Recovery Work


This tool offers users access to general recommendations, sampling and monitoring data, and employer/employee responsibilities applicable for any employers conducting response and recovery operations after a disaster.

Source: OSHA

Jan 29, 2017
Safety and Health Checklist for Voluntary and Community-Based Organizations Engaged in Disaster Recovery Demolition and Construction Activities


The purpose of this document is to provide voluntary and community-based organizations with a checklist outlining some of the hazards frequently encountered during disaster response and recovery operations.

Source: OSHA

Jan 29, 2017
Fact Sheet: Landslides and Mudslides


This fact sheet, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addresses causes, health threats, areas at risk and how to protect yourself from land and mudslides.

Source: CDC

Jan 29, 2017
NIOSH Emergency Response Resources: Natural Disasters


This page provides information and recommendations for emergency responders about the safety and health hazards associated with responding to natural disasters including tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, and wild fires

Source: NIOSH

Jan 29, 2017
Oregon Office of Emergency Management: Earthquakes


Visit this site for access to resources from Oregon Office of Emergency Management related to earthquake response and preparedness, including publications and videos.

Source: OEM