To help ensure that emergency workers are protected from the safety and health risks inherent in their work, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed an Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance system.
This problem is called “Sequestration”! If you recall, Congress failed to come up with adequate spending cuts following enactment of the Budget Control Act. This law stated that if Congress failed to cut spending by about $1.4 trillion, then automatic spending cuts would take effect on January 1, 2013.
Emergency responders called to duty at both natural and man-made disasters will have their post-deployment health monitored by a new surveillance system developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
With studies showing that EMS workers have higher rates of non-fatal injuries and illnesses as compared to the general worker population, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is proposing research that will provide a detailed description of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses incurred by EMS workers.
The National Fire Protection Association has issued a safety alert on self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) facepiece lenses, recommending that fire departments, fire academies, and emergency service organizations inspect all lenses before and after each use.