News & Perspective

Apr 07, 2009

Apr 07, 2009

NIOSH revises advice to protect responders from airborne pathogens

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently revised its recommendations about personal equipment for protecting first responders from airborne pathogens in potential bioterrorism situations.

May 09, 2007

May 09, 2007

FDA lists 2 respirators as offering disease protection

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday cleared the way for two N-95 respirator models to be marketed as devices that can reduce a user's risk of becoming ill during an influenza pandemic or other public health emergency.

May 14, 2004

May 14, 2004

Reorganization aims to boost CDC's preparedness impact

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced a reorganization plan designed to hone the agency's ability to respond to public health threats, including terrorism, as well as chronic health problems.

Mar 18, 2004

Mar 18, 2004

NIOSH certifies two gas masks for first responders

(CIDRAP News) – Two air-purifying respirators (APRs), or gas masks, have been named as the first such devices to be certified under a federal program to test masks for protecting emergency workers from chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) exposures.

May 10, 2002

May 10, 2002

HHS offers advice on guarding building air systems from terrorist attack

Raising air intake vents at least 12 feet above the ground is one important step for protecting building ventilation systems from terrorist attacks, according to federal guidelines issued today.

Apr 08, 2002

Apr 08, 2002

Emergency responders see need for better safety gear and training

Many emergency response workers feel they don't have adequate safety equipment and training for situations like the Sep 11 attacks and the subsequent anthrax attacks, according to a new federal report.